April 6, 2011
Clemson, S.C. - Clemson plated 10 runs between the third and fifth innings on Wednesday night to rally past Western Carolina for a 12-3 victory in nonconference action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Western Carolina (11-15-1) took a lead in the third inning, breaking the scoreless deadlock. Cameron Dullnig singled through the left side to open the frame with Luke Gragg doubling down the right field line to put two aboard. Two batters later, Ross Heffley grounded out in the infield but drove in Dullnig for his first of two RBI in the loss.
Dullnig finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while freshman Aaron Attaway was 2-for-3 with a walk and a runs scored. Gragg was 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot, while Heffley was 1-for-4 with the two driven in.
With the Catamounts leading 1-0, Clemson seized control of the game in the home half of the third inning. Three consecutive one-out singles drove home the game-tying run, with Phil Pohl doubling down the right field line to put the Tigers ahead. Richie Shaffer also doubled to center field in the inning to drive home Pohl with Brad Miller capping the scoring with an RBI single to right field.
All told, Clemson scored five runs on six hits to lead 5-1 through three complete.
In the fourth, the Tigers extended their lead with a Jason Stolz two-run home run with Clemson capitalizing on a walk, a throwing error and a home run to plate three in the fifth to take a commanding, 10-1, lead.
Stolz finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, with Brad Miller finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI. Pohl's lone hit in a 1-for-4 performance was the double, driving in three runs for the Tigers.
WCU tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh inning, using a back-to-back walks to open the inning followed by a Gragg single to load the bases. Heffley then drew a third walk of the frame to plate one of the runs. Following a pitching change, senior Matt Johns was issued a free pass to drive in the second run of the inning. Johns finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and the run driven in.
However, Clemson (16-12) got the runs back in the home half of the eighth to provide the final tally.
Sophomore Adam Curtis (1-2) took the loss for the Catamounts after tossing three innings in the starting role, allowing five runs on six hits in three innings of work. The Arden, N.C., native also struck out two without a walk. Left-hander Vance Chavis was one of five relievers used on Wednesday night, allowing three runs on just one hit with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Taylor Sandefur tossed an inning, surrendering two runs on two hits while Darron Dotson worked a career-long two innings of one-hit, scoreless relief with a career-best three strikeouts. TJ Page threw in the eighth with former Tiger, transfer Kyle Deese walking one and fanning one in an inning of work.
Clemson starter Scott Weismann (3-2) earned the win, allowing just one run on seven hits through six innings. Reliever Mike Kent was saddled with the other two Catamount runs in just a third of an inning, walking three.
Western Carolina opens a three-game Southern Conference series against the Samford Bulldogs on Friday evening at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. First pitch of the series opener is scheduled for 6:00 pm, with Saturday's game slated for a special 1:00 pm start and will conclude with a 2:00 pm start on Sunday.