Clemson ralled from a 6-0 deficit to tie the score after six innings, but a wild pitch allowed Eastern Michigan to pull out a 7-6 victory.
“We had a couple of innings where we let it slip away. We gave up two three run innings. With the bats and this whole offensive situation it is tougher to come back. To our credit we did come back. After being down 6-0 our kids battled back and we got ourselves back in it. They squeeked one out at the end there and they played well in those last two innings,” said Leggett.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers Saturday afternoon. Leone set down Eastern Michigan 1, 2, 3 in first first.
Eastern Michigan took the lead in the top of the second. With a runner on first Zack Leonard hit a two-run homer over the stands in left field. With runners on second and third and one out Eastern Michigan added another run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Leone got another 1, 2, 3 inning in the third but ran his pitch count to 59.
The Tigers threatened in the third. Kieboom got things started in the third inning with a single up the middle. With two outs Lamb reached on an error and Kieboom advanced to third on an error. Schaus was hit by a pitch bringing Shaffer to the plate with the bases loaded. With the count full Shaffer flied out to left field.
Scott Firth came in for Leone to start the fourth. Eastern Michigan plated three more runs in the fourth to build the lead to 6-0.
The Tigers got on the board in bottom of the fifth. Spencer Kieboom singled up the middle to start the inning. Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice. Chris Epps walked to advance Stolz to second. With two outs Jeff Schaus singled to right scoring Stolz and advancing Chris Epps to third. Epps scored on a wild pitch making the score 6-2 after five.
With one out in the sixth John Hinson doubled to right field. Phil Pohl singled to left advancing Hinson to third. Spencer Kieboom doubled to left scoring Hinson and Pohl. Dominic Attanasio pinch hit for Stolz and flied out to left field. Chris Epps walked with two outs. Will Lamb walked to load the bases. Jeff Schaus walked on four pitches to score Kieboom. Richie Shaffer came to the plate with the bases loaded for the second time Saturday. Shaffer went down swinging to end the inning. After six innings the Tigers had stranded eight.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Brad Miller started the inning with a walk. Hinson fouled out but Miller advanced to second. Brad then stole third base. Phil Pohl singled up the middle scoring Miller to tie the game 6-6.
Eastern Michigan bounced back in the top of the eighth to regain the lead. With two outs they scored on a wild pitch to take a 7-6 lead.
Freshman Kevin Pohle pitched well for the Tigers. Pohle pitched 3.2 innings giving up only five hits and one earned run.
The Tigers couldn’t rally again and fell to 1-1 on the season. Clemson and Eastern Michigan play game three Sunday at 1:00.