Clemson, SC – For the first time ever Western Carolina swept a season series from the Tigers winning 13-8. The Catamounts scored their 13 runs on 22 hits as the Tigers used seven pitchers.
“They beat us. That is all there is to it. That is probably the best hitting team we play all year long. They showed it to us twice anyway. We had a good approach. We made a lot of mistakes pitching wise today. They made us pay for every single one of them. We made a defensive mistake and we paid for that as well, said Leggett.
Jonathan Meyer got the start but only lasted 1.2 innings giving up five hits, four hits and four earned runs. Mike Kent went 3 innings and only gave up four hits, one run and one earned run. Patrick Andrews went 1 inning giving up three hits, four runs and no earned runs. Clay Bates went .2 innings and gave up four hits, three runs and three earned runs. Joseph Moorefield went .1 innings and gave up two hits, one run and one earned run. David Haselden and Kyle Bailey finished things off for the Tigers and each gave up two hits but no runs.
Clemson scored their eight runs on 13 hits. Richie Shaffer went 3-5 with two RBIs. Thomas Brittle went 2-4 with three RBIs and gave the Tigers the lead with a triple before Western took control.
Western jumped all of the Tigers in the first inning. Jonathan Meyer struggled out of the gate as the Catamounts plated three runs on three hits.
Clemson responded with one run in the bottom of the first, but could have had a lot more. With one out Jay Baum walked. Richie Shaffer singled to left. Phil Pohl singled to left scoring Baum. Jon McGibbon just missed a homerun down the right field line. McGibbon then flied out to right. Spencer Kieboom walked to load the bases. Jason Stolz popped up to first to end the threat.
In the top of the second Western plated another run to lead 4-1.
The Tigers bounced back in the bottom of the second. Garrett Boulware singled to left to start the inning. Thomas Brittle put down a perfect bunt. With one out Jay Baum singled up the middle scoring Boulware. Richie Shaffer grounded to second to score Brittle. After two the Tigers trailed 4-3.
With one out in the fourth Steve Wilkerson doubled to left. Jay Baum grounded out advancing Wilkerson to third. Richie Shaffer hit a single up the middle to tie the game as Wilkerson scored from third.
Western Carolina added another run in the top of the fifth to lead 5-3.
Clemson took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Spencer Kieboom walked. Jason Stolz walked and Garrett Boulware was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Thomas Brittle tripled down the right field line to clear the bases. Steve Wilkerson singled to left center to score Brittle. After five the Tigers led 8-5.
A fielding error by Steve Wilkerson, his second of the day, allowed Western to score four more in the sixth to retake the lead 9-8.
Western added some insurance runs in the seventh as they plated four more runs. In the sixth and seventh innings Western Carolina brought 18 batters to the plate and picked up eight straight runs on ten hits.
Clemson fell to 15-14 on the season with the loss. The Tigers play Duke in a three game series at Durham starting Friday night.