WATCH: Shaffer hits go-ahead HR in home debut

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Former Clemson standout Richie Shaffer hit a solo home run in the 7th inning to help the Rays' to a 4-3 victory on Sunday. He was the third player in franchise history to have a game-winning home run in their home debut.

Shaffer finished the game going 3-3 with three runs scored.

"He started me off with a couple of breaking balls," Shaffer said via "I was just looking for it out over the plate and sure enough I got it, put a good swing on it and didn't miss. I was pretty pumped, so it was awesome, it was a great feeling. I actually got to high five everyone this time, instead of making my own friends."

The former Clemson product was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (25th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Official Clemson Bio - Team co-captain in 2012...corner infielder who has tremendous of the best defensive first-basemen in Clemson history...started most of his games at first base in 2010 and 2011, but is slated to make the move to third base in 2012...a career .318 hitter with a .555 slugging percentage and .426 on-base percentage in 111 games (107 starts) over two seasons...has 26 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 91 RBIs, 107 runs, 62 walks, 14 hit-by-pitches, and 10 steals...has committed only three errors in his career (.996 fielding percentage)...two-time All-ACC Academic selection...preseason second-team All-American by Perfect Game...preseason first-team All-ACC by player in the nation in the preseason by College Baseball Daily...#13 prospect in the nation for the 2012 draft in the preseason by Baseball America...#13 junior in the nation in the preseason by Baseball America.

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