COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jason Stolz had two home runs and Dominic Leone pitched seven strong innings to lift Clemson to a 5-3 victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday and keeping the Tigers alive in the NCAA tournament’s Columbia Regional.
Stolz tied the game with solo shot in the third inning. He homered again an inning later as the Tigers (35-27) moved in front 4-2. Leone (7-4) made that stand up as he allowed six hits and three runs. Scott Firth worked the final two innings and struck out the final three batters for his third save.
Coastal Carolina (42-19) was eliminated in the region for the third time in four years.
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The Tigers must beat rival South Carolina later Sunday then again on Monday to move on.