Clemson, SC – For the fourth time in five weeks the opening game of the series went to extra innings. In the bottom of the eleventh inning Thomas Brittle singled with two away to tie the game and the Tigers scored the winning run on a wild pitch to win 4-3.
The Tigers could only manage four hits in eleven innings but thanks to good pitching it was enough. Jon McGibbon had two RBIs for the Tigers.11
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers and went 5.2 innings. Leone gave up five hits, two runs and two earned runs with four strikeouts. Mike Kent relieved Leone and went .2 innings giving up one hit and no runs. Joseph Moorefield faced one batter and got a big strikeout with one out and a runner on third. Daniel Gossett got the final out in the top of the seventh with a strikeout. Gossett went 4.1 innings and only gave up three hits, one run and one earned run.
With one out Thomas Brittle walked. Richie Shaffer walked on four pitches and then Phil Pohl was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After Jay Baum flied to first Jon McGibbon hit a single to right to score Brittle and Shaffer. Clemson led 2-0 after one.
College of Charleston got on the board with a run in the top of the second. The Cougars tied the game in the sixth inning with a leadoff homerun.
The Cougars took the lead in the top of the eleventh inning when they plated one run.
Clemson went into the bottom of the eleventh trailing by one and without a hit since the second inning. With one out Brad Felder singled to right. Felder advanced to second on a ground ball by Costigan then stole third. Steve Wilkerson walked. The Tigers were down to their last strike when Thomas Brittle singled to left field to score Felder to tie the game. The hit extended Brittle’s hitting streak to 19 games. Richie Shaffer was intentionally walked to load the bases. Wilkerson scored the winning run on a wild pitch to give the Tigers the victory.
The Tigers moved to 27-19 on the season with the win. The two teams play game two Sunday at 6:30 PM.