Phil Pohl was two for five with five RBI highlighted by a second inning grand slam to give Clemson an 11-3 win over Coastal Carolina in the opening game of the Columbia NCAA Regional. Clemson awaits the winner of South Carolina and Manhattan on Saturday night, while CCU will play the loser of the Gamecocks and Jaspers in an elimination game on Sunday at noon.
Pohl set the tone in the first with an RBI single to left to score Richie Shaffer. In the 2nd, Clemson took a 2-0 lead on an Thomas Brittle infield single. Chants starter Austin Wallace loaded the bases when he walked Richie Shaffer setting the table for Pohl who hit a liner that just snuck over the yellow line in left field. It was Pohl's second career grand slam. The Tigers catcher also hit a grand slam against the Gamecocks in Columbia in 2010.
Coastal answered back with two runs in the 3rd. Rich Witten got CCU on the board with a sacrifice fly, followed by an Alex Buccilli RBI single to center. CCU turned to Aaron Burke out of the bullpen to start the third inning and Clemson responded with an RBI double by Jason Stolz to stake Clemson to a 7-2 lead.
Lightning and rain came to the midlands just before the start of the bottom of the fifth inning resulting in a one hour, 35 minute rain delay. Burke came back to pitch after the delay and gave up an RBI double to Stolz to stake Clemson to an 8-2 advantage.
Clemson starter Kevin Pohle pitched five innings before the tarps came out giving up two runs. Kevin Haselden came on in relief in the 6th and gave up an RBI single to Brian Pruett and loaded the bases, but got out of a jam when Daniel Bowman flew out to center with the bases loaded. Clemson added two more runs in the 6th off of Burke who gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings of work.
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