Mount Pleasant, SC –
Lou Santangelo hit two, three-run homers and Jack Leggett celebrated his 50th birthday with a 15-4 win over College of Charleston Friday at Patriots Point Field. The announced crowd in Mount Pleasant was 1,877, a majority of which were Tiger fans.
The 18th-ranked Tigers improved to 4-3, while the Cougars fell to 6-4. Starter Kris Harvey (2-0) pitched 5.0 innings to earn the win, while Cougar starter Reid Price (0-2) suffered the loss. Josh Cribb pitched 4.0 shutout innings in relief to earn the save.
Lou Santangelo got the Tigers in the board in the first inning when he hit a three-run home run to straight-away centerfield, scoring Russell Triplett and Brad McCann, who both walked.
The Cougars, coached by former Tiger righthander and assistant John Pawlowski, cut into the Tiger lead in the second inning. Brian Hastings slapped a two-out single through the left side to score a run, then Steve Friend laced a single by McCann at third, scoring Hastings, to narrow the Clemson lead to 3-2.
Brady Everett upped the Clemson lead by one when he hit a solo homer to centerfield in the third inning, almost in the exact location Santangelo hit his long ball. It was Everett’s first homer as a Tiger.
Clemson added another run in the fourth inning. With one out, Tony Sipp hit his second triple of the year and scored when Triplett’s hard-hit ball was booted by second baseman Chris Campbell. It was Campbell’s second error of the game. College of Charleston had six errors as a team.
College of Charleston continued its two-out success with two more two-out, run-scoring singles in the fifth inning to cut the Tiger lead to 5-4, but Santangelo answered in the sixth. The Seton Hall transfer belted a shot over the left-field wall for a three-run homer, his second three-run shot of the game and third three-run homer of the season.
The Tigers added two more insurance runs in the seventh inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Triplett hit a two-run double to gap in left field, giving the Tigers a 10-4 lead.
Clemson will travel to Columbia to play South Carolina Saturday at Sarge Frye Field at 1:30 PM.
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