Clemson Hits Way to 7-4 Win Over Furman


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CLEMSON - Clemson had 15 hits, including five for extra bases, as the
Tigers handed Furman a 7-4 loss at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Wednesday
afternoon.


The Tigers scored in each of the first three innings to build a 6-0
lead over the Paladins. Jeff Baker, who played third base on
Wednesday, had a base hit in the bottom of the first inning to score
Casey Stone, who received a free pass with a walk two batters
earlier. Clemson then added three runs in the second inning thanks to
a two-run homer by designated hitter Michael Johnson and doubles by
catcher Seth Miller and Casey Stone.


In the third inning Baker doubled to start the inning and was batted
in by Kyle Frank who also doubled two batters later. First baseman
Jarrod Schmidt single to knock in Frank.


Stone and Schmidt each finished the day 3 for 4 and one run scored.
Johnson was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Five Tiger batters had multiple
hits as Clemson won its 27th game in a row against Furman in a series
that dates back to 1896 when the two teams met in Clemson's
first-ever baseball game.


Furman scored two runs in each of the fourth and sixth innings.
Shortstop Danny Rueckel was 2 for 3 with one RBI and second baseman
Adam Etherington was 1 for 4 with two RBIs.


Clemson received a great effort from freshman right-handed pitcher
Steven Jackson, who went 6.0 innings allowing just four runs, two of
which were earned. He also had seven strikeouts in picking up his
first career win at Clemson. He was relieved by Matt Henrie and Josh
Cram, who picked up the save.


The Tigers improved to 6-3 on the year while Furman dropped to 10-4.


Clemson will play two games this weekend against South Carolina. The
Tigers will host the Gamecocks at 3:00 PM on Saturday at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium in a game that is already sold out. The two teams
will meet again on Sunday at 1:30 PM at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia.


The Clemson Tiger Network will carry Saturday's game while the Sunday
game can be heard on WGOG-FM (96.3) in Walhalla.


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