By Trey McCurry.
Clemson, SC – Any momentum Clemson gained from Tuesday’s victory at Georgia quickly evaporated as Presbyterian defeated the Tigers 8-4 Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Jonathan Meyer got the start for the Tigers and pitched well but only went four innings. Meyer only gave up two hits, one run and one earned run. Mike Kent came in to relieve Meyer. Kent went two innings and gave up three hits, four runs and no earned runs. David Haselden pitched 2.2 innings for the Tigers and gave up three hits, three runs and two earned runs. Patrick Andrews got the final out for the Tigers.
The Tigers scored their four runs on six hits. Richie Shaffer hit his sixth homerun of the season and his second in two days. No Tiger had more than one hit Wednesday evening.
Presbyterian jumped to an early lead when they plated a run in the second.
The Blue Hose took command of the game in the sixth thanks to two errors and a wild pitch from the Tigers. Presbyterian plated four runs in the inning and took a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers finally got on the board in the sixth inning. Jason Stolz was hit by a pitch then stole second with one out. Stolz advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jason then scored on a balk. After six Presbyterian led 5-1.
Two more Clemson errors gave the Blue Hose another run in the seventh.
Clemson tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth. Steve Wilkerson walked to leadoff the inning. With one out Richie Shaffer hit a two run homerun to left. Phil Pohl singled through the left side. Brad Felder walked. Spencer Kieboom reached on a fielder’s choice before Jon McGibbon went down on strikes to end the threat. After the eighth Presbyterian led 6-3.
Any chances of a Tiger comeback faded in the ninth inning as Clemson allowed Presbyterian to score two more in the top of the ninth.
The Tigers added another run in the ninth when Jay Baum scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Wilkerson.
Clemson fell to 12-12 on the season with the loss. The Tigers will host Miami for a three game series beginning Friday.