Greenville, SC – Clemson head coach Jack Leggett earned win number 1200 as the Tigers won their fifth game in a row. Freshmen Daniel Gossett pitched a gem for the Tigers and Mike Dunster went 3-4 with three RBIs as Clemson defeated Elon 4-2 at Fluor Field in front of 2,319 fans.
Mike Dunster entered Wednesday’s contest with only three at bats, but took advantage of his opportunity with three critical hits for the Tigers.
Daniel Gossett picked up his first win as a Tiger. Gossett went seven innings and only gave up three hits, all in the first inning, two runs and two earned runs. Daniel had 61 strikes in 100 pitches and ten strikeouts.
Elon took the lead in the first inning. With two outs the Phoenix rallied to put two runs on the boards.
Tyler Slaton singled to first to start the third. Steve Wilkerson grounded to first advancing Slaton to second. Slaton advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another. After three innings Elon led 2-1.
Clemson tied the game in the fourth. After being injured with a foul ball, Phil Pohl singled to left. Brad Felder reached on a fielder’s choice. Spencer Kieboom singled to short advancing Felder to third. Mike Dunster singled to right scoring Felder. Garrett Boulware flied out and then Tyler Slaton grounded out to first to end the threat.
The Tigers took the lead in the sixth inning. Brad Felder singled up the middle to start the inning. Felder stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Spencer Kieboom walked. Mike Dunster doubled down the left field line to score Felder and advance Kieboom to third. Kieboom was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch. Dominic Attanasio grounded out to short. Tyler Slaton walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Steve Wilkerson flied out to end the threat. After six the Tigers led 3-2.
Clemson added another run in the seventh. Jason Stolz singled up the middle and stole second. With two outs Elon intentionally walked Brad Felder. Spencer Kieboom then walked to load the bases. Mike Dunster singled up the middle scoring Stolz. Felder was thrown out at the plate.
With the victory the Tigers moved to 11-8 on the season. Clemson will travel to Charlotte Wednesday night and then drive to Virginia on Thursday as they prepare for a series with the Hoos.