Clemson Baseball Downs Furman, 18-7


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Clemson, SC-Khalil Greene hammered a first-inning three-run homer and
drove in five runs on the night, leading #1 ranked Clemson to an 18-7
college baseball victory over Furman on Tuesday night at Clemson's
Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson improved to 35-5 with the victory, while
Furman fell to 18-23.


The Tigers travel to South Carolina for a Wednesday evening game.
Clemson will be back home this weekend for a three-game series with
third-ranked Wake Forest.


The victory was the 29th in a row for Clemson over Furman
dating to 1984. The Tigers exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the
eighth to break the game open. Jack Leggett's team had nine hits in
the inning, including a two-run homer by Jeff Baker, the 50th of his
Clemson career and his 16th of the season. He became just the
fourth player in Clemson history to hit 50 home runs in a career. Jarrod Schmidt and Russell Triplett each had two hits in the
productive eighth inning. It was the first time Clemson had scored
10 runs in the eighth inning since Feb. 27, 1980 when Clemson scored
10 in a win over Georgia at Clemson. It marked the third time this
year Clemson has scored double digit runs in one inning.


Steven Jackson got the win for Clemson, improving his record
to 5-1. Furman starter Brian Corcoran took the loss and fell to 1-3.
Paul Harrelson got the save, his eighth of the season, one of the
top 20 totals in the nation.


Clemson had 18 hits on the night. Jarrod Schmidt led the way
with three hits, while six other Tigers had two hits apiece. Seven
different Clemson players scored a pair of runs.


Furman had hitting stars as well. Ryan Presnell, a senior
from Elizabethton, TN, had three hits and four RBIs including a home
run. Derek Norman added three hits and scored twice.


Clemson took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. L.J. DeMaino
and Kyle Frank led off the game with walks off Furman starter Brian
Corcoran. Khalil Greene, then laced a three-run homer to center
field. It was the 13th home run of the season for Greene, who
entered the game hitting a team best .444. Clemson added another run
in the first when Jeff Baker singled, Michael Johnson singled and
Russell Triplett hit a sacrifice fly.


Clemson made it 5-0 in the second on four straight walks, all
of which were issued by Corcoran. Greene got the fourth walk and
thus the RBI, giving him four runs batted in for the first two
innings of the game.


Patrick Griffin then came in for Furman and settled down the
Paladins. The Tigers did not score the rest of the second inning and
went down one-two-three in the third. Clemson added a run in the
fourth on a single by Roberto Valiente, who had entered the game for
DeMaino in the fourth, a single by Kyle Frank, and an error by
shortstop Danny Rueckel on a batted ball by Greene. Frank increased
his hitting streak to 12 games with that safety.


Clemson starter Steven Jackson was outstanding over his first
four innings. He retired the first 11 men he faced and allowed just
one run for his first six innings. The Paladins broke through with a
run on a double by Presnell and a single by Coogie Freedman in the
fifth.


The Tigers had a comfortable 8-1 lead heading into the top of
the seventh, but the Paladin bats then came alive. Derek Norman
started the uprising with a single to left. One-out later, Dominic
Frankey singled to left. Presnell then followed with his third home
run of the season, a shot down the left field line. The Paldins
added another run on a double by Rueckel and a throwing error by
Clemson reserve second baseman Garrick Evans on a play that would
have ended the inning.


Furman added two more runs in the top of the eighth to draw
within, 8-7. Ryan Childs came on for Jackson, who had pitched the
entire seventh inning. Childs gave up consecutive singles to Craig
Caudill, Norman and catcher Drew Latora to open the inning. Jeff
Hahn came on in relief and struck out Frankey with the bases loaded,
but Presnell came through with his third straight hit, a single to
left to score Caudill. Freedman then plated Norman on an infield out.


Jack Leggett then went to his bullpen to Paul Harrelson and
the submariner got Rueckel to ground back to the pitchers mound to
end the inning and preserve the 8-7 lead.


Clemson then put the game out of reach with the 10-spot in
the bottom of the eighth. Michael Johnson led off with a walk and was
followed by singles by Jarrod Schmidt and Russell Triplett. Two outs
later, Valiente delivered a two-run single to center to score Johnson
and Schmidt, giving Clemson a three-run lead heading to the ninth.
Clemson scored eight more in the frame, highlighted by Baker's homer.

Furman 7 (18-23)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Hill, Clint 2b      5   0   1   0   0   2   3   3   1
Caudill, Craig rf   4   1   1   0   0   0   3   0   0
 Gerber, Matt ph    1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Norman, Derek 3b    4   2   3   0   0   1   0   2   0
Latora, Drew c      4   0   2   0   0   1   7   0   0
Frankey, Dominic 1b 4   1   1   0   0   1   5   0   0
Presnell, Ryan lf   4   2   3   4   0   0   2   1   0
Freedman, Coogie dh 4   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   0
Rueckel, Danny ss   4   1   1   0   0   1   2   2   2
Wadja, Nick cf      3   0   0   0   0   1   2   0   0
 Barrett, B ph      1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Corcoran, Brian p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Griffin, Patrick p 0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hurst, Calvin p    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Purvis, Rob p      0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Stallsmith, Jon p  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......        38  7   13  6   0   7   24  9   4

Clemson 18 (35-5)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
DeMaino, L.J. lf    0   1   0   0   2   0   0   0   0
 Valiente, R ph/lf  3   2   2   2   1   0   2   0   0
Frank, Kyle cf      2   1   1   0   2   0   2   0   0
 Coder, Chad cf     1   1   1   0   1   0   0   0   0
Greene, Khalil ss   4   2   2   5   2   0   1   5   0
Baker, Jeff dh      5   2   2   3   0   1   0   0   1
Johnson, Michael 1b 4   2   2   1   2   1   14  0   2
 Hourigan, Jeff 1b  0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Schmidt, Jarrod rf  6   2   3   0   0   1   0   0   3
 Hub, Ryan rf       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Triplett, R 3b      5   2   2   3   0   0   0   4   3
Slevin, David 2b    3   1   1   0   0   0   1   3   1
 Evans, G ph/2b     3   0   2   1   0   1   0   1   0
Miller, Seth c      2   2   0   0   2   0   5   1   1
 Green, Zane ph     1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
 Smith, Jon ph      1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   1
 Mahoney, Collin c  0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Jackson, Steven p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Childs, Ryan p     0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hahn, Jeff p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Harrelson, Paul p  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   2   0
Totals......        40  18  18  15  12  6   27  18  12

Score by Innings                       R  H  E
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Furman.............. 000 010 42   0 -  7 13  1
Clemson............. 410 120 0(10)X - 18 18  1
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E - RUECKEL(12); EVANS(2). DP - Furman 1; Clemson 2. 
LOB - Furman 4; Clemson 12. 2B - PRESNELL(5); RUECKEL(7);
CODER(8). 3B - TRIPLETT(1); SLEVIN(1). HR - PRESNELL(3); 
GREENE(13); BAKER(16). SF - BAKER(2); TRIPLETT(1). SB -
FRANK(4); CODER(3); GREENE(10); SCHMIDT(3).

Furman              IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Corcoran, Brian     1.0 3   5   5   6   0   5   12
Griffin, Patrick    3.1 3   3   2   3   3   14  17
Hurst, Calvin       2.2 3   0   0   1   0   9   11
Purvis, Rob         0.2 3   5   5   2   2   5   7
Stallsmith, Jon     0.1 6   5   5   0   1   7   7

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Jackson, Steven     7.0 9   5   4   0   5   28  28
Childs, Ryan        0.0 3   2   2   0   0   3   3
Hahn, Jeff          0.2 1   0   0   0   1   3   3
Harrelson, Paul     1.1 0   0   0   0   1   4   4

Win - JACKSON (5-1).  Loss - CORCORAN (1-3). 
Save - HARRELSON (8). WP - STALLSMITH 3(5). 
BK - GRIFFIN 2(5).
Umpires - Home:Tommy Ford  1st:David Savage  
3rd:Rodney Bynum
Start: 7:19   Time: 3:01   Attendance: 2482
CORCORAN faced 4 batters in the 2nd.
CHILDS faced 3 batters in the 8th.

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