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  by - Senior Writer - Friday, June 1, 2012 5:55 PM
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Pohl had 5 RBI's for the Tigers.

COLUMBIA – Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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hits well in Carolina Stadium.

Clemson’s senior designated hitter entered Friday’s NCAA Regional contest against Coastal Carolina with two home runs – including his only career grand slam – and seven RBI in just three career games in Columbia.

Friday, he added to that total, getting an RBI single in the first inning and his second career grand slam in the second to lead Clemson to an 11-3 win over Coastal Friday afternoon, sending the Tigers’ to Saturday’s 4 p.m. winners’ bracket contest against the winner of South Carolina and Manhattan.

In all, the Tigers scored nine of their 11 runs with two out, while they collected 10 of the 13 hits with two out.

“Phil had a big hit for us, and we got some big hits with two outs,” Clemson head coach Jack LeggettJack Leggett
Baseball Head Coach
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said. “Offensively we had a nice day, and defensively we played well and we got some big outs on the mound. It was a complete game for us.”

Pohl said he can't explain his success in Columbia.

“I don’t know if there is anything about the stadium,” Pohl said after the game. “I was fortunate to see a fastball in a hitters’ count and thankfully put a good swing on it. A couple of years ago, my other one [grand slam] was probably wind-aided. The whole order really swung the bat well today. I was just fortunate to get a fastball in a hitters’ count.”

Clemson notched a run in the bottom of the first, starting with a high fly ball from Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr. 3rd Base
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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with two out that turned into an adventurous double. Phil Pohl then got the Tigers on the board when he flared a single into left that score Shaffer for a 1-0 lead.

Pohl and the Tigers did even more damage against Coastal starter Austin Wallace in the second inning. Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC

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started it with a sharp one-out single to right, and Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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’ walk gave Clemson runners at first and second. Wilkerson struck out for the second out of the inning, but on Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Jr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 170
Cross, SC

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’s chopper to first, Wallace was slow to cover the bag.

Brittle won the race, and Felder never slowed down rounding third and scored easily to make it 2-0 Clemson. Teams have spent a good portion of the season pitching around Tiger third baseman Richie Shaffer, and that was again the case with two outs in the second, sending Pohl to the plate with the bases loaded. Pohl then slammed a 3-1 Wallace fastball into the seats in left for his fifth homer of the year, a grand slam that made it 6-0.

Coastal answered with two runs on three hits in the top of the third, but Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
So. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY

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walked to start the bottom of the frame and scored on a double by Stolz that made it 7-2 Tigers at the end of three.

The overcast sky turned into a storm as the game headed into the bottom of , and Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
So. RH Pitcher
#21 6-3, 180
St. Louis, MO

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’s day was done after he threw 88 pitches [two earned runs] before the hour and 37 minute rain delay. Once play resumed, the Tigers added an RBI double Stolz that plated Kieboom for an 8-2 lead.


David HaseldenDavid Haselden
Sr. RH Pitcher
#29 6-4, 240
Spartanburg, SC

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replaced Firth after the delay, and he ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up one run but leaving the bases loaded. However, the Tigers answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, getting RBI singles by Baum and Kieboom to make it 10-3 and added a single run in the bottom of the eighth to finish out the scoring.

Haselden pitched the final four innings – giving up just the one earned run – in picking up his first save of the season.

Leggett said he would wait until after the South Carolina/Manhattan contest to make a decision on his Saturday starter, but it would be either Dominic LeoneDominic Leone
Jr. RH Pitcher
#6 5-11, 195
Norwich, CT

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or Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett
Fr. RH Pitcher
#23 6-0, 160
Lyman, SC

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.

“We got some big hits with two out today,” Pohl said. “And we got some production out of the bottom of the lineup and got good pitching from Kevin and David. Hopefully we can keep this rolling.”




2012 Clemson Baseball
Coastal Carolina vs Clemson
Jun 01, 2012 at Columbia, SC (Carolina Stadium)

Coastal Carolina 3 (41-18)

Player			AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
Ted Blackman lf		2	0	1	0	2	0	3	0	0
 Luke Willis ph/lf	1	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
Jacob May cf		4	1	2	0	1	0	0	0	2
Daniel Bowman rf	5	1	1	0	0	0	2	0	3
Rich Witten 1b		3	0	0	1	1	0	10	2	1
Alex Buccilli dh	3	0	1	1	2	0	0	0	0
Tucker Frawley c	2	1	0	0	1	0	5	0	1
Justin Creel 2b		4	0	0	0	0	2	1	2	0
Tripp Martin 3b		3	0	0	0	1	0	0	3	0
Brian Pruett ss		4	0	2	1	0	0	0	1	5
Austin Wallace p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0
 Aaron Burke p		0	0	0	0	0	0	2	1	0
 Austin Kerr p		0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Devin Bradley p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Totals......		31	3	7	3	8	2	24	10	12

Clemson 11 (34-26)

Player			AB	R	H	RBI	BB	SO	PO	A	LOB
Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA
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Thomas Brittle cf	4	2	1	1	0	0	6	0	0
Richie Shaffer 3b	3	4	1	0	1	0	0	4	0
Phil Pohl dh		5	1	2	5	0	1	0	0	0
Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. Infielder
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA
View Full Profile lf		3	0	2	1	1	1	1	0	0
 Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
So. Outfielder
#5 5-11, 200
Naples, FL
View Full Profile ph	1	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0
 Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA
View Full Profile pr/lf	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Jon McGibbon 1b		3	1	0	1	1	1	11	0	2
Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA
View Full Profile c	4	1	2	1	0	0	3	0	1
Brad Felder rf		4	1	2	0	0	0	3	1	2
Jason Stolz ss		3	1	2	2	1	0	2	2	0
Kevin Pohle p		0	0	0	0	0	0	1	2	0
 David Haselden p	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	0
Totals......		35	11	13	11	4	5	27	11	8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Coastal Carolina.... 002 001 000 -  3  7  1
Clemson............. 151 012 01X - 11 13  1
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E - MARTIN(15); McGIBBON(9). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - C. Carolina 12; Clemson
8. 2B - MAY(7); BOWMAN(13); SHAFFER(20); COSTIGAN(4); STOLZ 2(11). HR -
POHL(9). HBP - FRAWLEY; BRITTLE; SHAFFER. SH - FRAWLEY(4); S. KIEBOOM(5). SF
- WITTEN(5); McGIBBON(5).

Coastal Carolina	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF
Austin Wallace		2.0	6	6	6	3	1	11	14
Aaron Burke		3.1	5	4	4	1	2	14	18
Austin Kerr		1.2	1	0	0	0	2	6	6
Devin Bradley		1.0	1	1	0	0	0	4	5

Clemson			IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	AB	BF
Kevin Pohle		5.0	4	2	2	4	1	17	23
David Haselden		4.0	3	1	1	4	1	14	19

Win - POHLE (7-4).  Loss - WALLACE (5-1).  Save - HASELDEN (1).
HBP - by HASELDEN (FRAWLEY); by BURKE (BRITTLE); by BURKE (SHAFFER).
Umpires - HP: Jim Garman  1B: Greg Harmon  2B: David Wiley  3B: Jason Stidham
Start: 12:05 PM   Time: 2:47   Attendance: 6791
Game notes:
Play halted due to the threat of inclement weather at 1:35 PM.
Play resumed at 3:12 PM (97-minute delay).

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