Tigers Rout Gamecocks


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CLEMSON - Nothing like a big victory over your most bitter rival to boost a team's confidence.


The Tigers pounded four home runs off four different South Carolina pitchers Wednesday night en route to a 12-2 victory over the fourth-ranked Gamecocks. The rout took place before 4,621 mostly gleeful fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


The win was Clemson's (19-13) fourth straight, keeping its much-needed momentum headed in the right direction here in the second half of the season.



"It (feels good) at the present time," said Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. "We'll enjoy this one tonight, but (then) we've got to put this one behind us and move on."


The long balls came from the middle of the Tigers' order - 3-6 hitters Taylor Harbin, Tyler Colvin, Kris Harvey and Travis Storrer.


Storrer started the parade with a solo shot off USC (28-6) starter and loser Andrew Cruse (3-1) in the second inning. It was the first of three runs Cruse would allow before being pulled two outs deep in the second inning.


Kris Harvey was next in line in the third, driving a long homer into the parking lot behind left field off Wynn Pelzer. Colvin later hit one on the roof of the indoor batting cages beyond the right field fence off USC's Andy Lambert in the seventh inning.


Harbin closed out the fireworks in the eighth with a long, 3-run shot to left-center off lefty Forrest Beverly.


Harbin finished the night with five RBIs to pace the Clemson offense. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit on the evening.


The 15-hit, 12-run explosion was more than righty Stephen Faris (3-1) needed.


Faris allowed USC just five hits in tossing his second straight complete game. He struck out seven and walked just one, allowing single runs in just the fourth and fifth innings.


"Faris was really outstanding," said USC coach Ray Tanner. "He was great from the get-go. We just weren't able to get in it."


One of the runs came courtesy of a long home run to right field by USC catcher Ryan Mahoney, a blast that - like Colvin's - found the roof of the batting cages beyond the fence.


Faris' gem was the first complete game a Clemson pitcher has thrown against USC since Matt White turned the trick in 1997. His two straight complete games are the first for a Tigers since Ryan Mottl in 2000.


Clemson returns to action Friday, hosting Virginia in a three-game ACC series. South Carolina hosts Vanderbilt in an SEC series this weekend.


South Carolina 2 (28-6)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Chris Brown 2b...........  4  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   1
Michael Campbell lf......  4  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Steven Tolleson ss.......  4  1  1  0   0  2  2  3   0
Steve Pearce 1b..........  4  0  2  1   0  0  9  0   0
Jon Willard dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   1
Mark Stanley rf..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Steven Reinhold rf......  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   1
Ryan Mahoney c...........  2  1  1  1   1  1  6  1   0
Tommy King 3b............  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Davy Gregg cf............  3  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   1
Andrew Cruse p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Wynn Pelzer p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Andy Lambert p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Forrest Beverly p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Tim McCarty p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Craig Thomas p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  2  5  2   1  7 24  8   4

Clemson 12 (19-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Herman Demmink 3b........  3  1  1  1   1  0  2  3   0
Brad Chalk cf............  4  2  3  0   1  0  5  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  5  1  2  5   0  1  1  2   2
Tyler Colvin lf..........  5  1  2  1   0  0  2  0   1
Kris Harvey dh...........  4  2  1  1   1  1  0  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  5  1  2  2   0  0  1  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  1  1  0   1  1  8  0   0
 Jorge Andrade, Jr. ph/1b  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  1  1  0   0  3  0  4   2
Adrian Casanova c........  3  2  2  0   0  0  6  2   0
Stephen Faris p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 37 12 15 10   4  7 27 11   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
South Carolina...... 000 110 000 -  2  5  1
Clemson............. 031 300 14X - 12 15  0
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E - STANLEY(1). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - S. Carolina 4; 
Clemson 7. 2B - TOLLESON(8); PEARCE(7); CHALK(5); 
STORRER(9); D'ALESSIO(6). HR - MAHONEY(2); HARBIN(6); 
COLVIN(2); HARVEY(9); STORRER(3). HBP - REINHOLD. SH -
DEMMINK(4); CASANOVA(3).

South Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Andrew Cruse........  1.2  4  3  3  2  3  9 11
Wynn Pelzer.........  1.2  5  4  4  0  0  9 10
Andy Lambert........  3.0  1  1  1  1  2 10 11
Forrest Beverly.....  1.0  3  3  3  1  1  5  7
Tim McCarty.........  0.1  2  1  1  0  0  3  3
Craig Thomas........  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Stephen Faris.......  9.0  5  2  2  1  7 31 33

Win - FARIS (3-1).  Loss - CRUSE (3-1).  Save - None.
HBP - by FARIS (REINHOLD). BK - PELZER(2). PB - MAHONEY(2).
Umpires - HP: Jeff Head  1B: Larry Short  3B: Morris Hodges
Start: 7:14   Time: 2:20   Attendance: 4621


Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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