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Behind 13 hits and 7.0 scoreless innings pitched from starter Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
So. RH Pitcher
#21 6-3, 180
St. Louis, MO

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, Clemson defeated College of Charleston 12-3 in front of 4,382 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 28-19, while the Cougars dropped to 31-15. Clemson also upped its all-time record against College of Charleston to 23-0.

The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead, then they blew the game open with eight runs on seven hits in the seventh inning. The eight runs were the most in a frame by Clemson in 2012, besting its previous high of six runs. All nine Tiger starters scored at least one run in the contest as well.

Pohle (5-2) tied his career high for innings pitched and strikeouts (5) to earn the win. He also allowed six hits and one walk. Clay BatesClay Bates
RS Fr. RH Pitcher
#42 5-11, 180
Rock Hill, SC

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retired all six batters he faced to close out the game.

College of Charleston starter Josh Renfro (6-5) suffered the loss, as he yielded six hits, four runs (three earned), and three walks with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers took the game's first lead in the second inning thanks to a Cougar error. Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. Infielder
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA

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drew a one-out walk on four pitches and Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY

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lined a single to right field to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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followed with a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder to shortstop Bradley Goodson, but he booted the ball and Baum scored from second base.

Clemson doubled its lead in the fourth inning. Baum led off with a walk, moved to second on McGibbon's sacrifice bunt, and advanced to third on Kieboom's flyout to right. Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC

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followed with a two-out, infield single to score Baum.

In the top of the fifth inning, Jimmy Holton led off with a single up the middle and Marty Gantt followed with a walk after being down in the count 1-2. Goodson hit a sharp grounder headed for centerfield, but shortstop Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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made a diving stop and started a 6-4-3 double play. Brandon Murray then grounded out to first to end the frame.

Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a walk on six pitches and moved to second on a wild pitch. Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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followed with a single to left-center to score Wilkerson. Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr. 3rd Base
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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lined a single to left field to advance Brittle to third, then Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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grounded into a double play that enabled Brittle to score.




Clemson added eight runs to its lead in the seventh inning. Wilkerson led off with a triple over the first-base bag and Brittle followed with another triple in the identical spot to score Wilkerson. Shaffer flared a single to right-center to plate Brittle, then Pohl singled to left-center. After Shaffer and Pohl moved up a base on Baum's sacrifice bunt, McGibbon walked to load the bases. Kieboom then belted a 1-2 pitch down the left-field line for a double to score Shaffer and Pohl. Felder popped a ball up in shallow right-center that fell for a single to score McGibbon, then Stolz bounced a single over third-baseman Brandon Glazer to plate Kieboom. Felder also scored on the play on a throwing error by Murray in left. Stolz later scored on a wild pitch.


In the eighth inning, Gantt led off with a walk and Goodson reached on an infield single. Murray then blasted a three-run homer down the right-field line, his 11th long ball of the season.


Brittle and Shaffer led Clemson's 13-hit attack with three hits apiece. Brittle went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs. He also extended his hitting streak to 20 games. It became the 20th hitting streak of 20 games or more in school history, while he became the 19th Tiger in history to tally a hitting streak of at least 20 games. Shaffer went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Felder went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.


Holton paced the Cougars' eight-hit performance with a team-high two hits.


Clemson and College of Charleston will play game-three of the three-game series on Monday at 4:00 PM.

Coll. of Charleston 3 (31-15)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Marty Gantt cf...........  2  1  1  0   2  0  2  0   0
Bradley Goodson ss.......  4  1  1  0   0  0  2  2   0
Brandon Murray lf........  4  1  1  3   0  1  3  0   3
Daniel Aldrich rf........  4  0  0  0   0  1  4  0   0
Rob Harding 1b/3b........  4  0  1  0   0  0  5  0   0
Brandon Glazer 3b........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  1   0
 Cody Martin ph/1b.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Tyler Jackson dh.........  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   1
Gunnar Heidt 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  4  1   2
 Devon Reed ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jimmy Holton c...........  3  0  2  0   0  1  3  0   0
 Ryan Welke c............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Josh Renfro p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Nick Osterman p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Drew Freie p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Dre Watts p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  3  8  3   2  5 24  7   6

Clemson 12 (28-19)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Steve Wilkerson 2b.......  4  2  1  0   1  1  1  4   0
Thomas Brittle cf........  5  2  3  2   0  0  1  0   0
Richie Shaffer 3b........  5  1  3  1   0  0  1  0   0
Phil Pohl dh.............  4  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   1
 Mike DunsterMike Dunster
So. Infielder
#10 5-10, 180
Greenwich, CT
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Jay Baum lf..............  1  2  0  0   2  0  1  0   0
 Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA
View Full Profile ph/lf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Jon McGibbon 1b..........  2  1  1  0   1  0 14  1   0
Spencer Kieboom c........  4  1  1  2   0  0  4  1   0
 Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Fr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 200
Anderson, SC
View Full Profile c......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Brad Felder rf...........  3  1  2  2   1  1  1  0   0
 Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
So. Outfielder
#1 5-7, 160
Windermere, FL
View Full Profile rf....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jason Stolz ss...........  4  1  1  1   0  0  2  4   4
Kevin Pohle p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
Fr. RH Pitcher
#43 6-2, 205
Hilton Head Island, SC
View Full Profile p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Clay Bates p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 34 12 13  8   5  3 27 12   5

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Coll. of Charleston. 000 000 030 -  3  8  2
Clemson............. 010 120 80X - 12 13  0
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E - GOODSON(14); MURRAY(3). DP - Charleston 1; Clemson 1. LOB - Charleston
6; Clemson 5. 2B - HARDING(7); JACKSON(6); SHAFFER(15); S. KIEBOOM(6). 3B -
WILKERSON(3); BRITTLE(7). HR - MURRAY(11). SH - BAUM(4); McGIBBON(4).

Coll. of Charleston    IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Josh Renfro.........  4.0  6  4  3  3  2 17 21
Nick Osterman.......  2.1  5  6  6  2  0 10 13
Drew Freie..........  0.2  2  2  1  0  1  4  4
Dre Watts...........  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  3

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kevin Pohle.........  7.0  6  0  0  1  5 26 27
Patrick Andrews.....  0.0  2  3  3  1  0  2  3
Clay Bates..........  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  6  6

Win - POHLE (5-2).  Loss - RENFRO (6-5).  Save - None.
WP - RENFRO(5); FREIE(1); POHLE(2).
Umpires - HP: Rick Brown  1B: James Thomas  3B: David Savage
Start: 6:34 PM   Time: 2:52   Attendance: 4382
RENFRO faced 3 batters in the 5th.
ANDREWS faced 3 batters in the 8th.

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