Miller leads Tigers to 8-3 Win Over Buccaneers Wednesday


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John HinsonJohn Hinson
Infielder
#4 6-1, 180
Asheville, NC

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, Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Catcher
#9 5-11, 210
Cooperstown, NY

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

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, the Tigers' 1-2-3 batters in the lineup, combined to go 9-for-12 with four RBIs and five runs in #16 Clemson's 8-3 victory over East Tennessee State in front of 1,421 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who won their sixth game in a row, improved to 34-15, while the Buccaneers dropped to 31-17. It was the first meeting between the two since 2003.


The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two first-inning runs, then Clemson added four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Buccaneers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, but they could not put together a big inning or take advantage of three Clemson errors.


Freshman righthander Kevin PohleKevin Pohle
RH Pitcher
#21 6-3, 170
St. Louis, MO

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(4-1) pitched a career-long 5.0 innings to earn the win in his first career start. The Saint Louis, MO native allowed just three hits (all singles), no runs, and one walk with two strikeouts. Pohle along with four Tiger relievers combined to limit East Tennessee State to one hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position.


Clinton Freeman (3-3), the first of four Buccaneer hurlers, suffered the loss. He gave up 10 hits, six runs, and two walks with one strikeout in 4.0 innings pitched.


The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning. Hinson led off with an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on Pohl's double to right field. Miller then fisted a single to left-center to score Hinson and Pohl.


In the fifth inning, Jason StolzJason Stolz
Infielder
#2 6-2, 200
Marietta, GA

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led off with a single through the left side. Hinson followed with a double to left-center to score Stolz. Pohl singled to right field to advance Hinson to third, then Miller bounced a single through the left side to plate Hinson. Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Infielder
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Charlotte, NC

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followed with a double to right-center to score Pohl and Miller, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead.


In the top of the sixth inning, Dylan Pratt hit a one-out single through the left side that was aided by a bad hop and went to third on Kerry Doane's single to right field. Two batters later, Cory Betterson grounded a two-out single through the right side to score Pratt. The Tigers had pitched 37.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run before the Buccaneers' earned run in the frame.


The Tigers responded in the bottom of the sixth inning when Chris EppsChris Epps
Outfielder
#26 6-1, 195
Stone Mountain, GA

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belted an opposite-field, solo homer to left-center, his sixth long ball of the season and first since March 29.


In the seventh inning, Paul Hoilman crushed a solo homer to left field, his 17th home run of the year.


Clemson added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Jeff SchausJeff Schaus
Outfielder
#3 6-1, 205
Naples, FL

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led off with a double to left-center and advanced to third base on Addison JohnsonAddison Johnson
Outfielder
#18 5-7, 175
Pfafftown, NC

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's groundout to second. Schaus then scored on a passed ball.


In the ninth inning, Michael Gonzalez led off with a walk. Two batters later, Andrew Green reached one a one-out, infield single and both runners moved up a base on Hinson's throwing error on the play. Bo Reeder's sacrifice fly to center plated Gonzalez, then Hoilman drew a two-out walk. But Derek Trent lined out to deep centerfield to end the game.


Miller went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run to lead Clemson, who totaled 14 hits in the game. Hinson went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and two runs, while Pohl went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Clemson was 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position as well.


Will LambWill Lamb
Outfielder
#30 6-6, 175
Seaford, VA

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, who tossed 2.0 innings in relief with three strikeouts, went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, tied for the fifth-longest in school history and tied for the longest by an ACC player in 2011.


Green went 3-for-5 to lead the Buccaneers, who had eight hits in the contest.


Clemson will travel to Blacksburg, VA to take on Virginia Tech in a three-game series starting Friday at 5:30 PM.


East Tennessee State 3 (31-17)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Andrew Green rf..........  5  0  3  0   0  1  3  0   0
Bo Reeder 3b.............  4  0  0  1   0  1  2  0   0
Paul Hoilman 1b..........  4  1  1  1   1  1  6  1   2
Derek Trent c............  5  0  0  0   0  1  4  1   3
Dylan Pratt dh...........  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kerry Doane ss...........  4  0  1  0   0  0  3  3   0
Matthew Scruggs cf.......  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   0
Cory Betterson lf........  2  0  1  1   1  0  3  0   0
 Michael Gonzalez lf.....  0  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Derek Niesman 2b.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  6   5
 John Long ph............  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Clinton Freeman p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Dak Rissman p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Bo Burton p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Scott McNally p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 36  3  8  3   3  6 24 13  10

Clemson 8 (34-15)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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John Hinson 3b...........  4  2  3  1   0  0  0  3   0
Phil Pohl dh/c...........  4  2  2  0   0  1  4  0   0
Brad Miller ss...........  4  1  4  3   0  0  1  3   0
Richie Shaffer 1b........  3  0  1  2   1  0  7  0   1
Will Lamb cf/p...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   1
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  1  1  0   0  1  3  0   1
Spencer Kieboom c........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Addison Johnson cf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Jon Surber p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Joseph Moorefield p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  3  1  1  1   1  1  3  0   0
Jason Stolz 2b...........  3  1  1  0   0  0  2  1   0
 Steve Wilkerson ph/2b...  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Kevin Pohle p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jonathan Meyer p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34  8 14  7   2  4 27  7   4

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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East Tennessee State 000 001 101 -  3  8  0
Clemson............. 200 041 01X -  8 14  3
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E - HINSON 2(18); MILLER(10). DP - ETSU 1. LOB - ETSU 10; Clemson 4. 2B -
HINSON(10); POHL(17); SHAFFER(13); SCHAUS(16). HR - HOILMAN(17); EPPS(6). SF
- REEDER(1). CS - MILLER(4); LAMB(2).

East Tennessee State   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Clinton Freeman.....  4.0 10  6  6  2  1 19 21
Dak Rissman.........  2.0  2  1  1  0  1  7  7
Bo Burton...........  1.0  1  0  0  0  1  4  4
Scott McNally.......  1.0  1  1  0  0  1  4  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kevin Pohle.........  5.0  3  0  0  1  2 20 21
Jonathan Meyer......  1.0  3  1  1  0  0  6  6
Will Lamb...........  2.0  1  1  1  0  3  7  7
Jon Surber..........  0.2  1  1  0  2  1  2  5
Joseph Moorefield...  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1

Win - POHLE (4-1).  Loss - FREEMAN (3-3).  Save - None.
WP - FREEMAN 2(4); POHLE(5). PB - TRENT(4).
Umpires - HP: Steve Manders  1B: Danny Everett  3B: Randy Watkins
Start: 7:16 PM   Time: 2:40   Attendance: 1421
FREEMAN faced 4 batters in the 5th.

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