Matthew Crownover earned his second win of the season and the Tigers offense exploded for 13 runs on 18 hits Saturday in a 13-3 win over Maine.
Crownover went 5.0 innings giving up eight hits, three runs and no earned runs on 96 pitches. Clate Schmidt pitched well in relief going 2.2 innings and only giving up one hit and no runs. Freshmen Drew Moyer and Alex Bostic saw the mound for the first times as Tigers.
Tyler Slaton continued to watch his average sky rocket going 4-6 on the afternoon with two RBI’s. Tyler Krieger was 3-5 from the plate with one RBI. Chris Okey continued to build on his team lead in RBI’s going 2-4 for two RBI’s. Okey now has nine RBI’s on the year.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the third. Tyler Slaton leadoff with a single to third and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Krieger flied out to deep right center allowing Slaton to tag and get to third. Slaton scored on a wild pitch.
Clemson added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Jon McGibbon walked with one out and then advanced to second on a balk. Tyler Slaton singled through the right side scoring McGibbon to put the Tigers up 2-0.
Maine scored three unearned runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead 3-2. It looked like the Tigers were out of the inning with a 2-0 lead, but catcher’s interference was called to load the bases. Kyle Silva got his first hit of the year a bases clearing double.
The Tigers bounced back to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Garrett Boulware singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Steven Duggar singled moving Boulware to third. Chris Okey hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Boulware. With two outs Jay Baum singled to score Duggar and put the Tigers back on top 4-3.
Andrew Cox singled to leadoff the sixth inning and stole second. Tyler Slaton singled to move Cox to third. Tyler Krieger singled to right scoring Slaton. Garrett Boulware hit a sacrifice fly to score Slaton and put Clemson on top 6-3.
The Tigers pulled away with three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth. Freshman Weston Wilson hit his first home run as a Tiger, a three run shot to left field.
Clemson moved to 4-1 on the season with the win. The Tigers and Black Bears battle one more time Sunday at noon.