By Trey McCurry.
Cullowhee, NC – The Clemson losing streak stretched to four games as the Tigers fell 8-4 at Western Carolina Wednesday night. Clemson led 4-1 after three innings, but a seven run fourth inning by Western Carolina was too much for the Tigers to overcome.
Daniel Gossett got the start for the Tigers, but got into trouble in the fourth inning. Gossett went 3.1 innings giving up six hits, four runs and four earned runs. David Haselden came in to relieve Gossett in the fourth but couldn’t get out of the inning. Haselden went got one out and gave up four hits, four runs and four earned runs. Scott Firth relieved Haselden and pitched well for 3.1 innings only giving up two hits and no runs. Jonathan Meyer pitched the final inning for the Tigers giving up two hits and no runs.
Steve Wilkerson went 3-4 for the Tigers with one RBI. The Tigers scored four runs on seven hits and gave up two errors.
Western Carolina jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Clemson tied the game in the top of the second. Phil Pohl singled to start the inning. Spencer Kieboom reached on a fielding error advancing Pohl to third. Jon McGibbon grounded out to second scoring Pohl.
The Tigers took the lead in the third. Thomas Brittle reached on a bunt and advanced to second on a throwing error. Steve Wilkerson singled up the middle scoring Brittle. Jason Stolz reached on a bunt single advancing Wilkerson to second. Richie Shaffer flied out to right. Stolz advanced to third on a throwing error and Wilkerson scored on the error. Phil Pohl hit a sacrifice fly to score Stolz. After the top of the third Clemson led 4-1.
Things fell apart for the Tigers in the fourth. Western Carolina plated seven runs and took command of the game.
Clemson fell to 6-7 on the season. The Tigers host Boston College this weekend for a three game series that begins Friday night.