BOX SCORE: Clemson 12 William & Mary 2
The Tigers, who
won the series 2-1, improved to 2-1 on the season. The Tribe fell to 1-2 in 2013.
The Tigers managed just one hit and no runs in the first five innings. In fact, the
Tigers put just one runner on base in the first five innings. But Clemson scored
three runs in the sixth inning, six runs in the seventh inning, and three runs in
the eighth inning. In all three innings, Clemson's leadoff batter was retired.
Eleven different Tigers had at least one hit in those three innings and 12 Tigers
had at least one hit in the game.
Starter Scott Firth (1-0) earned the win in his first start since 2011. In a
career-long 7.0 innings pitched, he allowed just two hits, one run, and one walk
with five strikeouts. Jonathan Meyer pitched the final 2.0 innings to close out the
game. The two senior righties combined to allow just two runs, four hits, and one
Jason Inghram (0-1), the first of four William & Mary hurlers, suffered the loss.
The lefthander gave up five hits, three runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in
6.0 innings pitched.
The Tribe scored the game's first run in the fourth inning. Michael Katz led off
with a single to right-center, stole second, and advanced to third on William Shaw's
groundout to short. Ryan Hissey's sacrifice fly to left plated Katz.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers strung together four straight one-out hits to score
three runs. Garrett Boulware laced a one-out double to left-center and advanced to
third on Thomas Brittle's bunt single. Steven Duggar singled up the middle to score
Boulware, while Brittle advanced to third and Duggar took second on the throw.
Steve Wilkerson ripped a 1-2 pitch off the pitcher for a single to score Brittle,
then Shane Kennedy reached on a fielder's choice that brought home Duggar.
The Tigers added to their lead in the seventh inning. Tyler Krieger walked on four
pitches and Maleeke Gibson singled to left-center. After both runners moved up on a
wild pitch, Boulware lined a single down the left-field line to score Krieger and
Gibson. Brittle reached on a bunt single, his second of the game, and Duggar walked
to load the bases. Wilkerson then unloaded the bases with a double down the
left-field line on a 1-2 pitch to score three runs. Two batters later, Jon McGibbon
lined a two-out single to center to score Wilkerson.
Clemson put the game out of reach with three more runs in the eighth inning.
Pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley hit a one-out double down the left-field line. Two
batters later with two outs, Mike Triller reached on a double, his first career hit,
to left field that scored Bradley. Pinch-hitter Mike Dunster followed with a single
through the right side to plate Triller, then pinch-hitter Jackson Campana laced a
double, his first career hit, to left field to score Dunster.
The Tribe plated a run in the ninth inning on back-to-back two-out doubles by Hissey
and Ryan Williams.
Brittle, Wilkerson, and Boulware led Clemson's 15-hit attack with two hits apiece.
Wilkerson added a double and a career-high four RBIs, while Boulware went 2-for-3
with a double, two RBIs, and two runs.
Four different William & Mary players had one hit apiece, while Hissey and Williams
each had one RBI.
Clemson will host Wright State in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium
starting Friday at 4:00 PM.