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Tigers Cruise Through Invitational

Clemson pounded their opponents by a combined score of 42-5 and threw two 4-hitters in sweeping the First Pitch Invitational this weekend, and young Kevin Brady has racked up 19 Ks and 1 walk in 12.1 IP thus far.

On Friday Clemson faced off against Cincy and pounded the Bearcats 15-4, scoring in each of the first 7 innings, piling on 15 hits, and taking advantage of a ghastly 12 walks. The win moved Jack to sole possession of 20th all-time in Wins in NCAA Div 1 baseball. Bill Wilhelm is 15th on that list.

Scott Weismann (2-0) started and took out the first 10 batters until tiring in the 5th a little to give up 2 runs. Firth came on in relief for the 6th and looked considerably better than last weekend, and even Addison Johnson got in to pitch late with the game in hand. AJ looked to have a solid changeup in his limited opportunity.

Though Chris Epps stunk on the whole at the plate last weekend, he did really well this weekend. He battled back from behind in the count leading off this game and drew a walk to plate the first run, and did the same thing again later in the 2nd when the Tigers plated 5 more to make it 6-0. A combination of bad control, HBPs and timely singles built the lead up to 15-2 before our first and only scoreless inning in the 8th.

Tiger Freshmen got their basepath time in as well. Dominic Attanasio went 2-for-2 filling in for Epps in RF and picked up 2 RBIs. Joe Costigan got an RBI on a bases-loaded BB and later scored, Steve Wilkerson scored a run, and Jon McGibbon got an RBI on a walk too.

Kieboom had a game-high three hits, two runs, an RBI, and a walk to lead Clemson's 15-hit attack.

Game 2 pitted us against Charleston Southern, which was ugly for them from the start as well. Clemson put up 4 in the 1st and 2nd and we were up 10-1 after the 3rd inning, cruising to a 19-1 4-hitter.

David Haselden (W, 1-0) got the start in place of Leone and went 5, giving up all 4 hits and 1 run with 1 walk and 2 Ks. Matt Campbell, Johnathan Meyer and Justin Sarratt threw 4 hitless innings of relief to seal it.

A total of 12 Tigers had at least one hit, 11 scored at least one run, and 10 had at least one RBI. In the 2nd, the trio of Epps, Schaus and Shaffer drew walks, and then John Hinson smacked his first pitch over the RF wall for a Grand Slam.

D. Attanasio went 1-for-2 with a run scored, Wilkerson 2-for-2 with a R, McGibbon 1-for-1 with an RBI, and Jay Cox went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.

Epps went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs, two RBIs, a walk, and steal to lead Clemson's 18-hit attack. Hinson went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs, while Shaffer went 2-for-2 with four runs, an RBI, and two walks.

On Sunday at Fluor Field, Kevin Brady (W, 2-0) shut down Michigan State over 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, no walks and striking out 9 more batters as Clemson won 8-0 and dealt the Spartans their first loss.

Will Lamb and Alex Frederick shut them down in relief with 2 hitless innings. Clemson pitching faced only 2 over the minimum.

Clemson scored runs in the 2nd-4th innings to build a 4-0 lead, and tacked on 4 more in the last two innings against the State bullpen.

Clemson, who outhit the Spartans 12-4, was led at the plate by Stolz, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, two RBIs, and one of Clemson's four steals in the game. Epps and Kieboom added two hits apiece as well.

Overall, Clemson's offense was stellar, pitching was awesome, and the defense was really good. The Tigers stole 10 bases over the weekend. Epps went 6/10 with 6 R and 4 SBs. Kieboom went 6/10 with 3 runs and Shaffer went 3-for-6 with 1 HR, 4RBI, 8 R and 4 BBs. Clemson pitching gave up 5 runs in 3 games, a 1.33 ERA, with 23 Ks and 5 walks.

For the season thus far, the team has worked 48 walks, while our pitchers have given up 11 in 54 IP with 49 Ks. Kieboom leads the team with a .579 average, has a team-leading 11 RBIs and hasn't given up a single SB. Four regulars are hitting over .500 and even the freshmen are piling on.

The Tigers get Wofford on Wednesday before facing Sakerlina next weekend. Then we'll know whether we have something this year.