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Lamb Leads #15 Tigers Over RedHawks 11-0 in Season-Opener on Friday

Lamb Leads #15 Tigers Over RedHawks 11-0 in Season-Opener on Friday

Feb. 19, 2010

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CLEMSON, SC – Will Lamb went 4-for-4 and hit his first career home run to lead #15 Clemson to an 11-0 victory over Miami (OH) in front of 5,915 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 1-0, while the RedHawks fell to 0-1. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1965.

Lamb, who made his first career start at first base, totaled four hits, three runs, and three RBIs, all career-highs, to lead the Tigers’ 13-hit attack. Kyle Parker had two hits, including a three-run homer, and Jeff Schaus added three RBIs.

Meanwhile, four Tiger pitchers combined to pitch a two-hit shutout. Starter Casey Harman (1-0) earned the win by pitching 5.0 innings of one-hit ball. Justin Sarratt pitched 2.1 innings with two strikeouts, then Tomas Cruz and Dominic Leone closed out the shutout. The four pitchers also combined to face just three batters over the minimum.

RedHawk starter Tyler Melling (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

The Tigers started the scoring in the first inning. Chris Epps led off with a single to right field and moved to second on Mike Freeman’s groundout. After Epps stole third, he scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Schaus.

After three scoreless innings, Clemson extended its lead in the fifth inning with two runs. Lamb led off with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on Jason Stolz’s flyout. After Epps walked and stole second, Freeman laced a single to center to score Lamb. Schaus’ groundout to second then plated Epps.

Lamb added a run to the Tiger lead when he blasted a leadoff home run to right-center in the seventh inning. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Richie Shaffer reached on an infield single. After a two-out hit-by-pitch by Schaus, Parker hit a towering three-run homer to left field, his first long ball of the season.

In the eighth inning, Brad Miller led off with doubles that were both lost in the early-evening sky and fell safely. Lamb followed with a single up the middle to plate Pohl and Miller. The Tigers later loaded the bases with no outs, then Lamb scored when pinch-hitter John Hinson.

Brad Gschwind, who had one of Miami’s two hits, extended his hitting streak to 20 games.

Clemson will travel to Greenville, SC to take on Michigan State at Fluor Field on Saturday at 1:00 PM. The Tigers will be the designated visiting team.

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