Shaffer’s walk-off homer in 10th caps Tigers’ comeback win

Clemson scored the final seven runs, capped by Richie Shaffer’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning, in its 9-8 victory over Tennessee Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 29-20, while the Golden Eagles dropped to 19-28.

The Golden Eagles scored five two-out runs in the top of the first inning, capped by Zephan Guyear’s grand slam. The Tigers responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Tennessee Tech answered back with two runs in the third inning and one run in the top of the fourth inning to build an 8-2 lead. However, David Haselden entered the game in the fifth inning with no outs and two runners on base and held the Golden Eagles scoreless during the remainder of the game.

Meanwhile, the Tigers chipped away with one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and another run in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Clemson scored four two-out runs to even the score, highlighted by pinch-hitter Joe Costigan’s two-run single and two runs that scored on a single wild pitch.

Then in the 10th inning, Shaffer crushed the first pitch over the fence in left field for a walkoff homer. It was the first walkoff homer by a Tiger since April 21, 2009, when Jeff Schaus hit a walkoff grand slam to give Clemson a 5-3 victory over Coastal Carolina. It was also Shaffer’s first career walkoff hit.

Haselden (3-1) earned the win by pitching the final 6.0 innings without allowing a run. He gave up five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.

Jacob McWhirter (0-4) suffered the loss, as he gave up Shaffer’s home run on his only pitch of the game.

The Golden Eagles scored five runs with two outs in the top of the first inning. James Abraham blooped an 0-2 pitch to right field for a one-out single. Two batters later with two outs, Zach Stephens was hit-by-pitch, then Ben Burgess grounded an 0-2 pitch through the right side for a single to load the bases. Dylan Bosheers followed with another single through the right side to score Abraham, then Guyear belted a grand slam to left-center, his fourth long ball of the season.

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