April 5, 2011
CLEMSON - Coastal Carolina held a 4-3 lead through 8.1 innings, but #26 Clemson scored one in the ninth and one in the 10th to hand the Chanticleers a 5-4 loss Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Coastal falls to 18-11 overall, and 0-4 in extra inning games, and Clemson improves to 15-12.
In the bottom of the ninth and one out, Will Lamb tripled to left-center field and pinch hitter Dominic Attanasio doubled to left to bring home Lamb and tie the game at 4-4. After a ground out, Coastal intentionally walked Jeff Schaus to load the bases and force a right-right match up, which paid off when Ryan Connolly got Shaffer to foul out and end the inning.
In the 10th, Brad Miller had a lead-off single and Chris Epps was hit by a pitch. After CCU pitcher Jordan Coons (1-3) recorded a strike out, a wild pitch moved the two runners up, forcing the Chants to intentionally walk Lamb to set up a force at any base. Pinch hitter Jon McGibbon singled to center, driving in Miller for the game winner.
Coastal scored its four runs in the first four innings. Clemson turned to David Haselden (2-1). He entered in the fourth with two runs in and a runner on. Haselden did not allow a run over the final seven innings, sitting down 10 straight at one stretch. He allowed just two hits and two walks with three strike outs.
The Chants manufactured a run in the second to take a 1-0 lead. Reigning Big South Player of the Week Daniel Bowman had a lead-off double to center field. Taylor Motter and Tucker Frawley did their jobs to get Bowman home. First, Motter hit a ground ball to second to advance Bowman to third and Frawley followed with an RBI ground out to second, allowing Bowman to score.
The Tigers answered with a run in the home half to tie the game, 1-1. Richie Schaffer and Brad Miller had back-to-back singles. While Shaffer was thrown out at third on a failed sacrifice bunt by Chris Epps, Miller and Epps pulled off a double steal to put runners on second and third. Spencer Kieboom plated Miller with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Keith Hardwick put Coastal back on top with a lead-off home run to left-center field. After hitting his first career home run in the final game at UNC Asheville - helping him earn the designated hitter role, Hardwick has a five-game hit streak and is 7-for-hisl-last-17 (.412).
Again, Clemson answered in the home half. John Hinson had a one-out double, moved to third on a fly out and scored on Phil Pohl's RBI single to right field.
Undaunted, the Chants went back to work in the fourth. Bowman once again led off with a double, tying his career high with two doubles in a game set earlier this season versus Ball State (Mar. 7). Bowman also has seven extra base hits over his last four games (four doubles, two home runs and a triple). Motter followed with an RBI double on his own and scored on Frawley's RBI single back up the middle to chase Clemson starter Justin Sarratt.
Clemson trimmed its deficit one, 4-3, in the bottom of the fourth when Shaffer had a lead-off triple off the center field wall and scored two batters later on Epps' RBI ground out to second.
In the bottom of the sixth, Pohl had a lead-off single and CCU starter Keith Hessler got two outs, setting a career high with 5.2 innings' pitched, before walking the next two and loading the bases. Aaron Burke came out of the bullpen a and got Kieboom to ground out to end the inning. (Hessler had gone 5.1 innings in two previous outing, both as a freshman and one at Clemson, but did not factor in the decision either time.) Hessler's line ended with six hits, three runs and three walks with five strike outs.
Coons pitched 0.1 innings, allowing two hits, one run and one walk with a strike out in getting the loss. Offensively, Scott Woodward and Bowman each had two hits, while Frawley drove in a team-high two.
Coastal Carolina will remain on the road to face Presbyterian in a three-game weekend series in Clinton. Game time Friday (April 8) is 3 pm. First pitch Saturday is set for 2 om and Sunday is 1 pm.