March 16, 2005
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Clemson, SC – Clemson scored 10 runs in the first three innings to cruise to an 11-1 win over Furman Wednesday in front of 2,165 fans (paid) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers improved to 6-7, while the Paladins fell to 7-9.
Stephen Faris (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers. The sophomore righthander from Richmond, VA went five innings, giving up four hits and no runs. He has allowed just one run in 14.0 innings pitched this year. Starter Case Cassedy (1-1) took the loss for the Paladins, giving up seven runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
Freshman shortstop Stan Widmann had one of his best offensive days in his young career with three hits and an RBI. Another freshman, Brad Chalk, was 3-for-3 with two walks as well. Andy D’Alessio and Kris Harvey both had productive days at the plate for Clemson, each totaling three RBIs.
D’Alessio got the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the first when he hit a 1-2 pitch to the wall in right-center for a three-run double. With the hit, D’Alsessio is 2-for-2 with the bases loaded this year with a grand slam and today’s bases-clearing double. All three Clemson baserunners that scored on the play had reached base on walks.
Clemson broke the game open in the bottom of the second. Adrian Casanova and Chalk led off with back-to-back singles. A Paladin error then loaded the bases for the Tigers, and Casanova scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Taylor Harbin. A Travis Storrer single produced a run which was followed by the big blast of the inning, Harvey’s third homer of the year, a three-run blast to right field. Tyler Colvin continued his hot hitting with a single and later scored on Widmann’s run-scoring single.
The Tigers added a run in the third when Chalk scored on a wild pitch, upping the Tiger lead to 10-0.
There was no scoring in the middle innings until the Tigers plated a run in the sixth on Ben Hall’s first homer as a Tiger, a solo shot to centerfield.
Furman finally got on the board in the seventh when Cassedy hit a towering solo homer to right field, his third of the year.
Tiger pitchers David Kopp, Daniel Moskos, Robert Rohrbaugh, and Drew Fiorenza kept Furman in check over the final four innings, as the Tigers broke a three-game losing streak with the win.
The Tigers return to action Friday night at 7:15 PM when they host #9 North Carolina in their first ACC series of the season.
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