By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – Clemson rallied for five runs in the final three innings, but it wasn’t enough as Maine defeated the Tigers 6-5 Friday night.
Kevin Brady got the start for the Tigers and went five innings. Brady gave up four hits and two runs both on a two-run homer in the fifth to put Maine up 2-0.
Matt Campbell came in to pitch the sixth and seventh innings for the Tigers. Maine scored two runs in the sixth to go up 4-0.
Clemson rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tied the game. With one out Dominic Attanasio reached on a fielding error. Thomas Brittle singled to right advancing Attanasio to third. Steven Wilkerson doubled to score Attanasio and Brittle. Richie Shaffer doubled to left scoring Wilkerson. Phil Pohl singled to center to score Shaffer and tie the game.
Maine bounced back in the top of the eighth with two runs to regain the lead.
Clemson tried to rally in the ninth. Richie Shaffer walked to start the inning. Phil Pohl walked advancing Shaffer to second. Jon McGibbon sacrificed to advance the runners to second and third. Spencer Kieboom flied out to center scoring Shaffer. Brad Felder flied out to left to end the game.
The Tigers moved to 2-2 on the season with the loss. Clemson and Maine play game two Saturday afternoon at 4:30.