CLEMSON - Thomas Brittle is not yet halfway to matching Rusty Adkins’ program record hitting streak at Clemson but the junior is still on a pretty good tear.
The College of Charleston transfer continued to torment his former teammates Sunday, spraying line drives all over Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a 12-3 Clemson victory.
Brittle extended his hitting streak to 20 games with three hits, including a run-scoring triple in the seventh.
Brittle became the 19th Tiger to record a 20-game hitting streak – Khalil Greene accomplished the feat twice – and the first since Will Lamb had a 25-game hitting streak end on May 14 last season.
Brittle’s streak is impressive but he’s not yet halfway to the Clemson record.
Adkins hit in a program best 41 consecutive games during the 1965 and 1966 seasons. In 1965, Adkins batted .444 and did not strike out a single time. More impressive, Adkins accomplished the feats with a wooden bat.
Brittle’s line-drive clinic followed his heroics of Saturday night when he swatted a game-tying single to left field in the 11th inning of Clemson’s extra-inning win Saturday.
Brittle helped keep College of Charleston (31-15) winless in its history against Clemson (28-19) falling to 0-23 all-time against Clemson, 0-17 as a Division I program.
Brittle had a slow start to his Clemson career batting just .258 through March 18 when he injured his hand. Brittle did not have an at bat for 12 days and since his return from injury on March 30th he is batting .384 (40 for 107), solidifying the top of the Clemson lineup and giving coach Jack Leggett another table setter in front of slugger Richie Shaffer.
Brittle’s seventh-inning RBI triple gave Clemson a 5-0 lead and Spencer Kieboom, Brad Felder and Jason Stolz followed with RBI hits to open a 12-0 lead. The eight-run frame was Clemson’s best inning of the season.
Cougars starting pitcher Josh Renfro allowed six hits and four runs over four innings. Nick Osterman allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
With Clemson ace Kevin Brady missing the series with a hamstring pull – Leggett said Brady will miss at least two more weeks – both Kevin Pohle followed Dominic Leone’s quality outing Saturday and continued to pick up the starting pitching slack Sunday.
After failing to pitch into the sixth inning in three straight starts, Pohle pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just six hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Pohle had good location of his pitches and College of Charleston batters struggled to drive the ball against the right-hander’s sinking fastball.
C of C avoided a shutout when Brandon Murray launched his 11th home run of the season in the eighth inning.
The team teams meet in the series finale at 4 p.m. Monday in Clemson.