COLUMBIA — Clemson’s Phil Pohl had a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Tigers opened the NCAA tournament’s Columbia Regional with a 11-3 victory over Coastal Carolina on Friday.
The No. 2 seeded Tigers (34-26) took the lead for good on Pohl’s run-scoring single off Chanticleers starter Austin Wallace (5-1) in the first. They put the game away an inning later with Pohl’s ninth homer of the year to left with the bases loaded.
Clemson starter Kevin Pohle (7-4) gave up four hits and two runs in five innings of work. He did not come back out after a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes.
The Tigers will face either two-time defending national champion South Carolina or Manhattan on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina (41-18) had won seven straight coming into the NCAA tournament. They’ll face the South Carolina-Manhattan loser in an elimination game Saturday.