Sunday was not a good day for sixth-ranked Clemson as Nevada used 14 hits and four wild pitches from Clemson starter Alex Eubanks to upset the Tigers, 7-5, at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.
It was not a good loss for the Tigers, ranked fourth in the latest RPI heading into the day, as they lost to the 227th-ranked team in the country. Clemson’s lackluster performance came a day after Lee challenged his team to play better following a so-so effort in Saturday’s 5-2 win in Game 1.
The four wild pitches came on a day when regular catcher Chris Williams missed the game, and will Monday’s as well, after injuring his shoulder while diving back to first base on a pick-off play in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game.
Robert Jolly, who started in place of Williams, also allowed a passed ball.
Eubanks allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He gave way to Patrick Andrews in the sixth inning. Eubanks did have six strikeouts but he threw those four wild pitches.
Clemson (35-12) finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it still trailed Nevada, 6-2, at the time.
Chase Pinder led off the inning with a home run to left field, his second in the series. Seth Beer then followed with a double down the right field line. He later scored on a Patrick Cromwell single to right field.
Cromwell’s single bounced off the glove of Nevada pitcher Mark Nowaczewski and into right field, allowing Beer to come home for the second run.
The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as they got an RBI double from Reed Rohlman with one out through the right side to score Jolly. After Beer drew a walk, Drew Wharton drove home Pinder and Rohlman with a single through the right side to make the score 7-5.
Rohlman and Pinder drew two-out walks to bring Beer to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the All-American grounded out to first base to end the game.
Andrews gave up back-to-back doubles with two outs from Cole Krzmarzick and Justin Bridgman in the top of the sixth inning. Both doubles went to right field and gave the Wolf Pack a 7-2 lead.
Nevada (15-30) used five singles, two wild pitches and a passed ball to score four runs in the top of third inning to break open a 6-0 lead. Bridgman, Jordan Pearce and Grant Fennell were all credited with driving in runs in the five-run inning for the Wolf Pack.
Mike Echavia hit a solo home run to right field to put the Wolf Pack up 1-0 in the second inning.
Clemson will host Nevada in the rubber match of the series on Monday at noon.