#23 Clemson tops Catamounts 6-4 in eight innings


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Brad MillerBrad Miller
Infielder
#13 6-1, 185
Windermere, FL

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went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and two walks to lead #23 Clemson to a 6-4 win in eight innings over Western Carolina in front of 529 fans at Hennon Stadium on Wednesday night. Lightning halted play in the top of the ninth inning and the game was called less than an hour later. The Tigers, who won the home-and-home season series over the Catamounts 2-0, improved to 27-14 overall. Western Carolina fell to 17-21-1 on the season.


Miller’s two-run double sparked Clemson’s three-run first inning, then the Tigers added two runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Catamounts rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Clemson’s lead to one run. But David HaseldenDavid Haselden
RH Pitcher
#29 6-4, 240
Spartanburg, SC

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and Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
RH Pitcher
#28 6-0, 165
San Diego, CA

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shut the door and kept the Catamounts off the scoreboard for the final three innings.


Haselden (4-1), the second of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed three hits, no runs, and no walks in 2.2 innings pitched. Meyer struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning to record his first save of the season. The pitching staff was aided by three key double plays turned by the Tiger defense.


Morgan McKinney (0-1), the first of five Catamount hurlers, suffered the loss. He did not retire a batter and allowed two hits, three runs, and one walk. The five Western Carolina pitchers combined to strand 10 Tigers on base, including eight in scoring position.


In the first inning, John HinsonJohn Hinson
Infielder
#4 6-1, 180
Asheville, NC

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led off with a single through the right side and stole second. Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Catcher
#9 5-11, 210
Cooperstown, NY

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followed with a walk as Hinson stole third. Miller laced a double down the left-field line to score Hinson and Pohl. After Miller stole third, he scored on a wild pitch.


In the top of the fifth inning, Miller lined a one-out single to center and scored on Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Infielder
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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’s double down the left-field line on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Will LambWill Lamb
Outfielder
#30 6-6, 175
Seaford, VA

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laced a two-out double to right field to plate Shaffer and give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.


The Catamounts responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cameron Dullnig led off with a single up the middle and went to third on Cody Jones’ double to right-center. Aaron Attaway’s groundout to second brought home Dullnig. After Macon Smith walked, Austin Schultz laid down a bunt to Shaffer at first, who threw home. But his throw was offline and Jones slid in safely on the sacrifice bunt. Ross Heffley followed with a single through the left side to load the bases, then Matt Johns lined a single to right field to score Smith. Stephen Notaro’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Schultz. The runs ended Clemson’s scoreless innings-pitched streak at 15 dating back to Sunday’s game against Wake Forest.


In the eighth inning, Chris EppsChris Epps
Outfielder
#26 6-1, 195
Stone Mountain, GA

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led off with a single down the right-field line and advanced to second on Jason StolzJason Stolz
Infielder
#2 6-2, 200
Marietta, GA

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’s sacrifice bunt. Hinson then ripped a one-hopper to Heffley at second, who could not make the play as Epps scored on the hard-hit single.


After Jeff SchausJeff Schaus
Outfielder
#3 6-1, 205
Naples, FL

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led off the ninth inning with a double up the middle at 8:53 PM, lightning in the area forced a delay in the action. Less than an hour later, the game was called and the Tigers prevailed with the two-run victory. The game reverted to the end of the eighth inning, meaning Schaus’ two-bagger did not count.


Miller led Clemson’s 13-hit attack by reaching base in all five of his plate appearances along with two runs and a steal. Hinson, a native of nearby Asheville, NC, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two steals, while Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double. Lamb also extended his hitting streak to 16 games.


Johns and Dullnig had two hits apiece to pace Western Carolina, who totaled seven hits in the contest.


Clemson will host #9 Georgia Tech in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday at 6:30 PM.


Clemson 6 (27-14)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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John Hinson 3b...........  5  1  3  1   0  1  1  1   0  .299
Phil Pohl c..............  3  1  1  0   1  0  3  0   1  .365
 Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
Outfielder
#1 5-7, 150
Windermere, FL
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 Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Catcher
#22 6-0, 210
Marietta, GA
View Full Profile c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0  .330
Brad Miller ss...........  3  2  3  2   2  0  1  5   0  .431
Richie Shaffer 1b........  4  1  1  1   0  2 11  0   5  .324
Jeff Schaus lf...........  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0  .307
Will Lamb cf.............  4  0  2  1   0  1  1  0   0  .300
Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Outfielder
#12 6-1, 210
Lindenhurst, NY
View Full Profile dh..........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   4  .320
Chris Epps rf............  4  1  1  0   0  0  2  0   0  .260
Jason Stolz 2b...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  5   0  .270
Alex FrederickAlex Frederick
RH Pitcher
#39 5-10, 170
Lagrangeville, NY
View Full Profile p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 David Haselden p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Jonathan Meyer p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 34  6 13  5   3  7 24 13  10

Western Carolina 4 (17-21-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB  Avg.
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Austin Schultz 3b........  1  1  0  1   1  0  1  3   0  .311
Ross Heffley 2b..........  3  0  1  0   1  0  0  3   1  .419
Matt Johns cf............  4  0  2  1   0  1  0  0   1  .318
Stephen Notaro c.........  3  0  0  1   0  1  7  1   1  .388
Tyler White 1b...........  4  0  0  0   0  1 12  1   2  .244
Cameron Dullnig rf.......  4  1  2  0   0  1  0  0   0  .289
Cody Jones dh............  3  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0  .225
Aaron Attaway ss.........  3  0  0  1   0  1  0  1   0  .279
Macon Smith lf...........  1  1  1  0   1  0  2  0   0  .140
Morgan McKinney p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
 Taylor Sandefur p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0     -
 Adam Curtis p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0     -
 Andrew Chilcoat p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0     -
 Brandon Johnson p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0     -
Totals................... 26  4  7  4   3  5 24 11   5

Score by Innings                   R  H  E
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Clemson............. 300 020 01 -  6 13  0
Western Carolina.... 000 040 00 -  4  7  0
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DP - Tigers 3. LOB - Tigers 10; Catamounts 5. 2B - MILLER(7); SHAFFER(11);
LAMB(6); Jones(2). HBP - SHAFFER; M. Smith. SH - SCHAUS(1); STOLZ(7);
Schultz 2(4). SF - Notaro(7). SB - HINSON 2(18); MILLER(18). CS - SCHAUS(5).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Alex Frederick......  4.1  4  4  4  3  2 15 20  75  4.24
David Haselden......  2.2  3  0  0  0  0  8 10  31  2.36
Jonathan Meyer......  1.0  0  0  0  0  3  3  3  12  2.66

Western Carolina       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP   ERA
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Morgan McKinney.....  0.0  2  3  3  1  0  2  3  18  8.59
Taylor Sandefur.....  6.0  9  2  2  1  6 26 28 100  8.73
Adam Curtis.........  1.1  2  1  1  0  1  4  6  20  8.24
Andrew Chilcoat.....  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   5  3.57
Brandon Johnson.....  0.1  0  0  0  1  0  1  2   9  2.48

Win - HASELDEN (4-1).  Loss - McKinney (0-1).  Save - MEYER (1).
WP - Sandefur 2(4); Chilcoat(4). HBP - by FREDERICK (M. Smith); by Sandefur
(SHAFFER). Pitches/strikes: FREDERICK 75/43; HASELDEN 31/21; MEYER 12/10;
McKinney 18/8; Sandefur 100/60; Curtis 20/12; Chilcoat 5/4; Johnson 9/4.
Umpires - HP: David Mabe  1B: Tyler Simpson  3B: Randy Vestal
Start: 6:08 pm   Time: 2:45   Attendance: 529
Weather: Overcast, windy - mid 70s
McKinney faced 3 batters in the 1st.
Sandefur faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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