Wilkerson Leads Tigers to Game 1 Victory

Wilkerson Leads Tigers to Game 1 Victory

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Wilkerson Leads Tigers to Game 1 Victory

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Clemson head coach Jack Leggett earned his 850th victory with the Tigers Saturday when Clemson downed Wright State 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Daniel Gossett got the start for the Tigers and earned his first win of the season.  Gossett went five innings and gave up only six hits, one run and one earned run.  Daniel threw 57 strikes in 90 pitches.

Clemson jumped on the scoreboard early with a run in the bottom of the first.  Thomas Brittle walked and Steven Dugger singled to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Wilkerson popped up a bunt, but the runners advanced on a throwing error.  Shane Kennedy hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brittle.

Wright State fought back to tie the game in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third Steve Wilkerson hit his first homerun of the season, a solo shot to right center with two outs to put Clemson up 2-1.

Wilkerson added his second RBI of the day in the bottom of the fifth.  With one out Thomas Brittle walked and then stole second.  With two outs Wilkerson singled to left center to score Brittle and put the Tigers up 3-1.

The Tigers added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth.  Kennedy and McGibbon walked to start the inning then advanced on a balk.  Kennedy scored on a wild pitch and McGibbon advanced to third.  Jay Baum singled to right to score McGibbon.  After eight the Tigers led 5-1.

Jonathan Meyer relieved Gossett  and pitched 3.2 innings giving up three hits, two runs and tow earned runs.  Matt Campbell came int to close it out for the Tigers.

Clemson moved to 4-1 on the season with the victory.

 

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