By Trey McCurry.
By Trey McCurry
CLEMSON — Here is a look back at Clemson’s 5-2 series opening win over Maine on Friday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning and provided starter Daniel Gossett with all the support he would need to earn his first victory of the season. Steven Duggar got Clemson on the board first with a RBI single and Chris Okey followed with a two-out, two RBI double to put the Tigers up 3-0 after one inning. Clemson added another run in the second inning before Maine finally pushed a run across in the sixth. The Tigers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh before Maine threatened again in the eighth, scoring a run before Zach Erwin came out of the bullpen to shut the threat down and earn his second save of the season.
The game changing moment Friday came early as Okey’s double gave Gossett all the runs he would need in a solid performance.
What went right?
Gossett was solid again, throwing 7.0 innings of four-hit, one-run ball in his second start of the season. Okey again knocked in a couple runs as seven of the nine Tiger started recorded a hit. Tyler Slaton had two doubles and Garrett Boulware also added two hits.
What went wrong?
The bullpen appeared shaky again, as Patrick Andrews lasted only 0.1 innings while giving up two hits and a run. Senior Jon McGibbon also continued his early season struggles, going 0-for-3 but did hit a ball that was caught against the wall in right field.
They said it.
Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett
“I thought we played well overall. The most important thing to me is that we won the ball game tonight, so it feels good going home with a win. We will come back and be ready to go tomorrow.”
Clemson Junior Daniel Gossett
“It feels great to come out and get some confidence going. It sets the tone for the weekend and hopefully we can keep it going.”