Clemson – The Tigers got two early runs and some great pitching from freshman Matthew Crownover as they held on to defeat Charleston Southern 3-1 Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore.
Matthew Crownover pitched a gem for the Tigers. The freshman went 6.0 innings and only gave up three hits, no runs, no earned runs with two strikeouts and no walks. He had 52 strikes in 68 pitches.
“Matthew pitched really well for us today. He threw strikes and didn’t allow many base runners,” said Leggett.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Thomas Brittle walked and then Jay Baum beat out a bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs. Brittle and Baum then pulled off a double steal. Steve Wilkerson grounded to second scoring Brittle. Jay Baum scored on a wild pitch to put Clemson up 2-0.
Clemson added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Shane Kennedy hit a two-out single. Jon McGibbon walked advancing Kennedy to second. Tyler Krieger hit a double down the left field line to score Kennedy. McGibbon tried to score from first but was out at the plate. The Tigers led 3-0 after seven.
Charleston Southern scored a run in the top of the eighth.
The Tigers moved to 10-5 on the season with the win. Clemson hosts No. 12 Virginia in a series starting Friday night at 6:30.