Tigers sweep doubleheader against Gardner-Webb


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Jeff Schaus went 4-for-4 to lead #16 Clemson to a season-high 20 hits and a 12-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in the second game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 31-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-16-1. The victory was Jack Leggett's 800th as Clemson's head coach.


The Tigers scored in seven of the eight innings in which they batted. Clemson, who totaled 11 two-out hits in the contest, scored five two-out runs in the fourth inning to break the game open and the pitching staff recorded its fifth team shutout of the season.


Starter Jonathan Meyer (5-1) pitched 6.1 effective innings to earn the win. He gave up just three hits (all singles), no runs, and no walks with one strikeout. The San Diego, CA native threw just 53 pitches, 43 of which were strikes, and did not throw more than two balls to any Bulldog batter. Meyer also faced just one batter over the minimum, allowed one runner past first base, and none past second base.


Joseph Moorefield retired both batters he faced, then freshman righthanders Kevin Pohle and Matt Campbell both pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts apiece to close out the game. The four Tiger pitchers combined to allow just two runners past first base and none past second base against a team that entered the week sixth in the nation in batting average (.323).


Eric Heiligenstadt (3-4), the first of three Gardner-Webb hurlers, suffered the loss. He surrendered 13 hits, eight runs, and no walks with one strikeout in 4.0 innings pitched.


The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning. John Hinson led off with a single through the right side, stole second, and moved to third on Phil Pohl's groundout to second. Hinson scored on a wild pitch. Richie Shaffer kept the inning alive with a two-out single to left field and moved to third on Schaus' bloop single to right-center. Will Lamb followed with a single through the right side to score Shaffer and up his hitting streak to 21 games.


In the third inning, Schaus lined a two-out single to center, stole second, and scored on Lamb's single through the left side.


Clemson added five runs to its lead in the fourth inning. Steve Wilkerson lined a one-out single to left field and Hinson singled to left-center. Pohl reached on a fielder's choice as Hinson was retired at second base for out #2, then Brad Miller belted a double to left-center to plate Wilkerson and Pohl. Shaffer followed with a long two-run homer to left field, his sixth long ball of the season. After Schaus reached on an infield single, he scored on Lamb's double to right-center. Schaus, who registered his 200th career RBI in the first game of the doubleheader, scored his 200th career run on Lamb's two-bagger.


In the fifth inning, Jason Stolz led off with an infield single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Wilkerson hit a one-out single through the right side to score Stolz.


Miller led off the sixth inning with a walk on four pitches and Shaffer singled through the left side. Schaus followed with a double down the right-field line to score Miller.


In the seventh inning, Pohl hit a one-out single to left-center. Two batters later, Shaffer drew a two-out walk. Pinch-hitter Joe Costigan reached on a throwing error by shortstop Aaron Miller and Pohl scored from second base on the play. It was the first error by either team in the series.


In the eighth inning, Mike Dunster led off with a single through the right side and Jon McGibbon walked. Wilkerson flied into a double play as McGibbon was out at second base. Pinch-hitter Kevin Caughman then laced a two-out double to left field to score Dunster. It was Caughman's first career hit.


Schaus went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, two runs, and a steal to lead Clemson's 20-hit attack. Hinson went 3-for-5 with a triple, run, and steal. Shaffer went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs, and a walk, while Lamb went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.


Five different Bulldogs accounted for the team's five hits.


Clemson and Gardner-Webb will play the finale of the three-game series at John Henry Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, NC on Sunday at 2:00 PM.


Gardner-Webb 0 (28-16-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Benji Jackson cf.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  4  0   0
 Wes Poynor ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Daniel Merck 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
 Ryan Allen 2b...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Jake Watts lf............  4  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   1
Dusty Quattlebaum 1b.....  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
Adam McFarland rf........  2  0  1  0   0  0  2  1   0
 Danny Yelverton rf......  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  1   0
Zeke Blanton dh..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
John Harris c............  2  0  0  0   0  0  3  1   1
 Aaron Haynes ph/c.......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Aaron Miller ss..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  3  1   1
Scott Coleman 3b.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Brad Collins 3b.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Erik Heiligenstadt p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Conner Scarborough p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Alex McMahan p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  0  5  0   0  5 24  8   3

Clemson 12 (31-15)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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John Hinson 3b...........  5  1  3  0   0  1  0  3   0
 Kevin Caughman ph/3b....  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Phil Pohl c..............  5  2  1  0   0  0  3  0   2
 Jay Cox ph..............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
 Spencer Kieboom c.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Brad Miller ss...........  4  2  1  2   1  1  4  5   0
 Matt Campbell p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Richie Shaffer 1b........  4  2  3  2   1  0 11  1   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  4  2  4  1   0  0  0  0   0
 Joe Costigan ph/lf......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Will Lamb cf.............  4  0  3  3   0  1  1  0   0
 Dominic Attanasio ph/cf.  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
Jason Stolz dh...........  3  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   3
 Mike Dunster ph/dh......  1  1  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
Chris Epps rf............  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Jon McGibbon rf.........  0  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
Steve Wilkerson 2b/ss....  5  1  2  1   0  0  4  4   3
Jonathan Meyer p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Joseph Moorefield p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Kevin Pohle p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 43 12 20 10   4  4 27 14  11

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Gardner-Webb........ 000 000 000 -  0  5  1
Clemson............. 201 511 11X - 12 20  0
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E - MILLER(12). DP - Gardner-Webb 1; Clemson 2. LOB - Gardner-Webb 3;
Clemson 11. 2B - COLLINS(5); CAUGHMAN(1); MILLER(10); SCHAUS(15); LAMB(8).
3B - HINSON(2). HR - SHAFFER(6). SB - HINSON(20); SCHAUS(7).

Gardner-Webb           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Erik Heiligenstadt..  4.0 13  8  8  0  1 24 24
Conner Scarborough..  3.2  6  4  3  4  3 17 21
Alex McMahan........  0.1  1  0  0  0  0  2  2

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jonathan Meyer......  6.1  3  0  0  0  1 20 20
Joseph Moorefield...  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  2  2
Kevin Pohle.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  2  4  4
Matt Campbell.......  1.0  1  0  0  0  2  4  4

Win - MEYER (5-1).  Loss - HEILIGENSTAD (3-4).  Save - None.
WP - HEILIGENSTAD(3); SCARBOROUGH 2(3); MEYER(3).
Umpires - HP: Jay Furlong  1B: Jason Bradley  3B: Kevin Elzey
Start: 6:00 PM   Time: 2:29   Attendance: 5151

Game 1:


Clemson, SC -

The #16 Clemson Tigers scored five runs in the third inning and pulled away with a seven-run seventh inning in its 13-1 win over Gardner-Webb in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 30-15, while the Bulldogs dropped to 28-15-1. With the victory, Clemson reached the 30-win mark for the 37th year in a row.


Tiger starter Dominic LeoneDominic Leone
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Norwich, CT

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(4-1) pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win. He allowed just two hits, one run, and one walk with eight strikeouts against a team that entered the week sixth in the nation in batting average (.323).



Kyle Paeplow (3-2), the first of three Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss. He yielded six hits, six runs, and six walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched. Gardner-Webb pitchers combined for 10 walks in the contest.


The Tigers took the game's first lead in the third inning. John HinsonJohn Hinson
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Asheville, NC

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led off with a single to left and stole second. Phil PohlPhil Pohl
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Cooperstown, NY

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hit a comebacker to Paeplow as Hinson took off for third. The throw was offline and Hinson slid in safely (in what would have been a close play with a more accurate throw) as Pohl reached on the fielder's choice. After Brad MillerBrad Miller
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Windermere, FL

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walked to load the bases with no outs, Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
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Charlotte, NC

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laced a double to left-center to score Hinson, Pohl, and Miller. Two batters later, Will LambWill Lamb
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Seaford, VA

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's groundout moved Shaffer to third. After Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
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Marietta, GA

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walked with two outs, Shaffer scored on a wild pitch. Chris EppsChris Epps
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Stone Mountain, GA

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followed with another walk and Jason StolzJason Stolz
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Marietta, GA

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blooped a single to right field to plate Kieboom and give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.



In the fourth inning, Pohl led off with a double over the third-base bag on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Shaffer's one-out, bloop single to center advanced Pohl to third, then Jeff SchausJeff Schaus
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Naples, FL

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lofted a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Pohl.
The Bulldogs dented the scoreboard in the fifth inning. John Harris lined a two-out single to right field, Gardner-Webb's first hit of the game, and scored on Aaron Miller's triple to left-center.


Clemson added to its lead with seven runs in the seventh inning. Schaus led off with a walk and Lamb lined a single to left field to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Kieboom followed with a bloop single to center on a 1-2 pitch to load the bases with no outs. Epps walked to bring home Schaus, then Kieboom hit a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Lamb. Hinson followed with a single through the right side to plate Kieboom. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Mike DunsterMike Dunster
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Greenwich, CT

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grounded a double over the third-base bag to score Epps and Hinson. Miller and pinch-hitter Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
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both walked to reload the bases, then pinch-hitter Joe CostiganJoe Costigan
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Naples, FL

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belted a single to center to score Dunster and Miller.


Shaffer led Clemson's 11-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with a three-run double and steal. Hinson went 2-for-5 with two runs and a steal, while Brad Miller went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs, three walks, and two stolen bases. Lamb's 20-game hitting streak is the Tigers' 19th of 20 games or more in school history.


Aaron Miller had two of the Bulldogs' five hits and the team's lone RBI.


Clemson and Gardner-Webb will play the second game of the doubleheader at 6:00 PM.

Gardner-Webb 1 (28-15-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Benji Jackson cf.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   1
 Danny Yelverton ph/cf...  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Daniel Merck 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  2   0
 Ryan Allen 2b...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Jake Watts lf............  3  0  0  0   0  2  4  0   0
 Wes Poynor ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Dusty Quattlebaum 1b.....  3  0  0  0   0  0  7  1   0
 Aaron Haynes ph.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Adam McFarland rf........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   0
 Justin Gullickson ph....  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Scott Coleman 3b.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
 Brad Collins 3b.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
John Harris dh...........  2  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Matt Sapp ph/dh.........  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Aaron Miller ss..........  2  0  2  1   1  0  1  3   0
Chris Rubessa c..........  3  0  0  0   0  1  5  0   1
Kyle Paeplow p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Brandon Boling p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Andrew Barnett p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  5  1   1  8 24  7   4

Clemson 13 (30-15)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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John Hinson 3b...........  5  2  2  1   0  0  1  1   2
 Kevin CaughmanKevin Caughman
Infielder
#37 5-11, 165
Martinez, GA
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Phil Pohl dh.............  3  2  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Mike Dunster ph/dh......  1  1  1  2   0  0  0  0   0
Brad Miller ss...........  2  2  1  0   3  0  2  6   0
Richie Shaffer 1b........  4  1  2  3   0  2 10  0   1
 Jon McGibbon ph/1b......  0  0  0  0   1  0  3  0   0
Jeff Schaus lf...........  2  1  0  1   1  0  1  0   2
 Joe Costigan ph/lf......  1  0  1  2   0  0  0  0   0
Will Lamb cf.............  4  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   1
 Dominic AttanasioDominic Attanasio
Outfielder
#1 5-7, 150
Windermere, FL
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Spencer Kieboom c........  4  2  1  0   1  1  5  3   2
 Jake FletcherJake Fletcher
Catcher
#16 5-10, 160
Thomasville, GA
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Chris Epps rf............  1  1  0  1   3  0  1  0   0
 Jay CoxJay Cox
Outfielder
#48 5-9, 165
Belton, SC
View Full Profile ph/rf...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Jason Stolz 2b...........  3  0  1  2   0  0  0  1   1
 Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
Infielder
#17 6-1, 195
Roswell, GA
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Dominic Leone p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jon SurberJon Surber
RH Pitcher
#25 6-3, 195
Lisle, IL
View Full Profile p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Scott FirthScott Firth
RH Pitcher
#20 6-0, 165
Buffalo Grove, IL
View Full Profile p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 34 13 11 12  10  5 27 11   9

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Gardner-Webb........ 000 010 000 -  1  5  0
Clemson............. 005 100 70X - 13 11  0
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DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Gardner-Webb 4; Clemson 9. 2B - POHL(16); DUNSTER(1);
MILLER(9); SHAFFER(12). 3B - MILLER(3). SF - SCHAUS(5); STOLZ(3). SB -
MILLER(14); HINSON(19); MILLER 2(20); SHAFFER(5).

Gardner-Webb           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kyle Paeplow........  6.0  6  6  6  6  3 24 31
Brandon Boling......  0.1  4  6  6  2  0  4  7
Andrew Barnett......  1.2  1  1  1  2  2  6  8

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dominic Leone.......  7.0  2  1  1  1  8 23 24
Jon Surber..........  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  4  4
Scott Firth.........  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  4  4

Win - LEONE (4-1).  Loss - PAEPLOW (3-2).  Save - None.
WP - PAEPLOW(4); BOLING(8).
Umpires - HP: Kevin Elzey  1B: Jay Furlong  3B: Jason Bradley
Start: 2:07 PM   Time: 2:34   Attendance:

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