By Trey McCurry.
Once again Maine jumped out to an early lead on the Tigers, but for the second day in a row Clemson stormed back to put nine runs on the board to win the series with a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon.
Steve Wilkerson went 4-5 on the afternoon with two RBIs. Richie Shaffer was 2-4 with three RBIs and Phil Pohl went 2-5 with two RBIs.
David Haselden got the start for the Tigers. Haselden went three innings and gave up five hits, three runs and one earned run. Phil Pohl picked up the win for Clemson when he pitched three innings giving up four hits, three runs and no earned runs. Scott Firth pitched the seventh and eight innings for Clemson only giving up one hit and no runs. Daniel Gossett closed things out in the ninth and earned the save.
The Black Bears scored early and often scoring one run in the second. In the second inning Maine plated two more runs with the help of two Clemson errors. Another Clemson error in the fourth led to three more Maine runs. Heading to the bottom of the fourth the score was 6-0 Maine.
Clemson got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. Steve Wilkerson led off with a single. Phil Pohl followed with a single to left center. With one out Spencer Kieboom doubled down the left field line scoring Wilkerson and advancing Pohl to third. Brad Felder hit a sacrifice fly to score Pohl. After four the Tigers trailed 6-2.
In the fifth inning the Tigers plated two more runs. Once again Steve Wilkerson got things started when he singled to left center with one out. With two outs Richie Shaffer homered to left field.
Clemson took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jon McGibbon walked with one out. Jason Stolz singled to left advancing McGibbon to second. Dominic Attanasio singled to load the bases. With two outs Steve Wilkerson came through again for the Tigers when he doubled to left center scoring McGibbon and Stolz. Phil Pohl doubled to left center scoring Wilkerson and Attanasio. Pohl advanced to third on a balk and then scored when Richie Shaffer singled down the left field line. After six the Tigers led 9-6.
The Tigers moved to 4-2 on the season. Clemson travels to Charleston next Friday to play South Carolina.