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April 21, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. - Senior Jimmy Tanner (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill), sophomore Austin Liput (Oviedo, Fla./Trinity Prep) and junior Andre Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.) each collected two hits for the USC Upstate baseball team, but No. 26 Clemson used two seven-run innings and a three-homer game from John Hinson to post a 22-4 win over the Spartans in non-conference action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night.
Tanner posted two hits, a run and his 10th double of the season, Liput posted two singles and Harris notched his team-leading third homer of the season to go with two runs for Upstate (13-30 overall).
The Tigers (24-14 overall) scored eight runs in the first two innings, including seven in the second, as Kyle Parker hit a grand slam and Hinson followed with a solo shot to highlight the inning.
Upstate answered back with three runs in the top of the third inning to cut the Clemson lead to five runs, as Harris hit a slow roller that stopped dead on the third base line for a hit. After two outs, Tanner walked before sophomore Tyler Cook (Bloomington, Ill./University) hit a curveball over the left field wall for a three-run shot.
The Tigers offense kept moving though, with homers from Mike Freeman and Hinson helping the Tigers score seven more runs in the third before Jeff Schaus lifted a two-run double to center field in the fourth to give the Tigers a 17-3 lead. Hinson hit another three-run shot to center field in the sixth inning to help the Tigers take a 20-3 lead.
Harris got Upstate back into the scoring column in the top of the seventh with a solo homer to center field for his third of the season. The Tigers got two more runs in the eighth inning on three hits to take a 22-3 win.
Hinson tied the school-record with his three homers, becoming the 13th player in Clemson history to reach the mark, as he finished with five hits, three runs and seven RBI. Jeff Schaus added three hits, three runs and three RBI and both Chris Epps and Wilson Boyd scored three times for the Tigers.
Junior Philip Brannon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) (2-7) took the loss for Upstate after allowing a first inning run. He allowed three hits and faced five batters in the planned short start. David Haselden (4-3) earned the win for the Tigers, striking out two and allowing three hits in two innings in a planned short start.
The Spartans get back on the diamond on Friday when they head to Mercer to start a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference set at 6 p.m.