Paladins Upset #16 Tigers 6-3


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Sophomore righthander Spencer Hale pitched 3.1 solid innings of relief to lead Furman to a 6-3 victory over #16 Clemson Wednesday in front of 4,579 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Paladins improved to 16-34, and the Tigers dropped to 32-17.


After junior righthander Will Feemster allowed two runs in 4.0 innings of work, Hale (1-2) allowed one run off three hits while walking one to earn the win. Blaine Hart and Nicholas Karow also gave the Paladins some clutch relief pitching. Karow notched his second save of the season as well.

P.J. Zocchi (3-2) allowed two runs on six hits in 4.0 innings pitched of relief and suffered the loss for the Tigers.

Charlie Bailes, Connor Lind, Paul Ortenzo, and Marcus Rose each had two hits for Furman. Taylor Harbin went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for Clemson.

The Paladins got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Jay Jackson's grounder to third-baseman Marquez Smith was booted, allowing Lind to score.

Clemson broke through with two runs in the third. J.D. Burgess was hit by a pitch to lead off and Addison Johnson followed with a walk. Each then moved up a base thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Harbin. With two outs, Andy D'Alessio scored Burgess and Johnson with a single to right to take a 2-1 lead.

Furman took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. With one out, Will Stembridge and Bailes hit back-to-back singles. Ortenzo then plated Stembridge and Bailes with a double to left-center.

The Paladins scored again in the seventh. Rose doubled down the right-field line and moved to third on a passed ball. Bobby Hubbard drew a walk and Jackson followed with a single through the left side to score Rose and put the Paladins ahead 4-2.

In the top of the eighth, Ortenzo led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joey Rodgers, and advanced to third on a one-out single through the right side by Lind. With two outs, Bobby Hubbard tripled to right-center on a 1-2 pitch to score Ortenzo and Lind.

Harbin blasted a homer to left in the bottom of the eighth to trim the Paladin lead to 6-3. It was his seventh home run of the season. But the Tigers could get no closer, as they were just 1-for-15 with runners on base in the contest.
The Tigers return to ACC action on Friday night at #2 Florida State at 7:00 PM.


Furman 6 (16-34)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Connor Lind ss...........  5  2  2  0   0  1  1  4   1
Marcus Rose 2b...........  4  1  2  0   0  2  1  1   0
Bobby Hubbard 3b.........  3  0  1  2   2  1  2  2   0
Jay Jackson lf...........  5  0  1  2   0  2  2  0   3
Tony Maccani c...........  3  0  0  0   1  1  7  2   0
Will Stembridge rf.......  4  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   2
Charlie Bailes dh........  5  1  2  0   0  3  0  0   2
Paul Ortenzo 1b..........  3  1  2  2   2  1  8  0   1
Joey Rodgers cf..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  3  0   2
Will Feemster p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Spencer Hale p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Blaine Hart p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Nicholas Karow p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  6 11  6   5 14 27 10  11

Clemson 3 (32-17)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Addison Johnson lf.......  4  1  1  0   1  0  1  0   2
Taylor Harbin ss.........  3  1  2  1   0  0  1  2   0
Marquez Smith 3b.........  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  2   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  2  0  1  2   2  1  8  1   1
Doug Hogan c.............  4  0  0  0   0  2 13  1   0
Ben Paulsen dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   3
D.J. Mitchell cf.........  3  0  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
Alex Lee rf..............  4  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   1
J.D. Burgess 2b..........  1  1  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
 Wilson Boyd ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 David Bunnell 2b........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex Burg ph............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Ryan Hinson p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 P.J. Zocchi p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Stephen Clyne p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Chris Fidrych p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alan Farina p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  3  6  3   4  7 27 10   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Furman.............. 100 002 120 -  6 11  1
Clemson............. 002 000 010 -  3  6  1
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E - HUBBARD(15); SMITH(10). LOB - Furman 11; Clemson 7. 
2B - LIND(4); ROSE(6); ORTENZO(4); SMITH(11). 
3B - HUBBARD(4). HR - HARBIN(7). HBP - BURGESS. 
SH - ROSE(8); MACCANI(2); STEMBRIDGE(6); RODGERS(14); 
HARBIN(5). SB - MITCHELL(8). CS - ORTENZO(1); JOHNSON(2).

Furman                 IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Will Feemster.......  4.0  2  2  2  2  4 12 16
Spencer Hale........  3.1  3  1  1  1  0 13 14
Blaine Hart.........  0.0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1
Nicholas Karow......  1.2  1  0  0  0  3  6  6

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Ryan Hinson.........  2.0  1  1  1  2  2  6  9
P.J. Zocchi.........  4.0  6  2  2  0  7 19 19
Stephen Clyne.......  1.2  3  3  2  2  3  6 10
Chris Fidrych.......  0.0  1  0  0  0  0  1  1
Alan Farina.........  1.1  0  0  0  1  2  3  5

Win - HALE (1-2).  Loss - ZOCCHI (3-2).  Save - KAROW (2).
WP - ZOCCHI(9). HBP - by FEEMSTER (BURGESS). PB - HOGAN 2(8).
Umpires - HP: Randy Watkins  1B: David Savage  3B: Vic Correll
Start: 7:20   Time: 2:49   Attendance: 4579
FIDRYCH faced 1 batter in the 8th.
HART faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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