The Clemson baseball team got its season underway this past weekend when it hosted the UAB Blazers for a three-game series. The Tigers bounced back from an opening-day loss to take the final two games of the series.
The first game of the series turned out to be a pitcher’s duel. The Tigers got on the board first when Spencer Kieboom doubled home a run in the bottom of the second inning.
However, Dillon Napoleon threw seven solid innings for the Blazers to shut down the Clemson bats after that. UAB’s Keith DePew scored twice in the game, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on pinch-hitter Tyler Mims’ sacrifice fly. The Tiger offense couldn’t respond, and the Blazers were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory in the series opener.
In Game 2, Dominic Leone turned in a nice start for the Tigers, going six scoreless innings and giving up only two hits. Richie Shaffer got the offense going early on with a two-run homer in the first inning, and then Brad Felder hit a two-run blast of his own in the third inning.
Behind the two home runs, Clemson was able to notch its first win of the season by a score of 6-1. Jason Stolz led the Tigers at the plate going 3-for-4, while Felder went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
In the rubber match of the series, the Tigers found themselves down 2-1 heading into the seventh inning. But then the Clemson bats came alive.
Phil Pohl tied the game with his first home run of the season in the seventh, and then the Tigers scored five runs in the eighth inning to break the tie.
Shaffer drove in the first run of the eighth when he walked, and Pohl followed with a two-run single up the middle. The fourth and fifth runs of the inning were scored when Jon McGibbon came through with a sacrifice fly and Spencer Kieboom lined a single to right field.
The Blazers tried to rally in the ninth but were unable to complete the comeback and Clemson held on for a 7-4 victory. Kevin Pohle came out of the bullpen and threw four solid innings to get the win. Pohl led the Tigers at the plate by going 2-4 with three RBI.
The Clemson baseball team returns to action this weekend for a three game series with Maine. The first-pitch times for the games are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.