By Chandler Carver.
Clemson, SC – Clemson rallied from an 8-2 deficit and won the game in the tenth inning on a Richie Shaffer walkoff homerun.
Mike Kent got his first start of the year for the Tigers. Kent’s first start was a short one as he left in the second inning. In 1.2 innings Kent gave up six hits, five runs and five earned runs. Clay Bates came in to relieve Kent and pitched .2 innings giving up two hits, two runs and two earned runs. Joseph Moorefield went 1.2 innings and gave up four hits, one run and one earned run. David Haselden pitched a gem for the Tigers as he went six innings and gave up only five hits and no runs.
The Tigers scored nine runs on 14 hits. Richie Shaffer went 3-6 with two RBIs including the game winning homerun. Steve Wilkerson went 3-5 with one RBI. Joe Costigan came in as a pinch hitter and went 2-2 with two RBIs.
Tennessee Tech jumped out to a big lead in the first inning as they plated five runs.
Clemson got on the board in the bottom of the first. Steve Wilkerson singled to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out Richie Shaffer singled up the middle to score Wilkerson. Phil Pohl singed up the middle to advance Shaffer to second. Jon McGibbon hit a two out single to score Shaffer and make the score 5-2 after one.
The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the third and another in the fourth to build the lead to 8-2.
With one out in the fourth Tyler Slaton walked. Jason Stolz singled to center and Slaton advanced to third on an error. Steve Wilkerson grounded out to first to score Slaton.
The Tigers plated another run in the sixth. Tyler Slaton walked to start the inning. With one out Steve Wilkerson singled to right. Thomas Brittle singled up the middle scoring Slaton. After six the tigers trailed 8-4.
Clemson tied the game with four runs in the seventh. The leadoff batter Jay Baum was hit by a pitch. Jon McGibbon singled down the left field line advancing Baum to third. With two outs Joe Costigan singled to center scoring McGibbon and Baum. Steven Wilkerson singled to the right side advancing Costigan to third. Wilkerson stole second and Thomas Brittle walked to load the bases. Wilkerson and Costigan both scored on a wild pitch.
Richie Shaffer ended the game with a solo homerun in the tenth that went over the left field stands.
With the victory the Tigers moved to 29-20 on the season. Clemson hosts Florida State for a series beginning Saturday.