CHARLESTON — The bats picked up where they left off in Winston-Salem, N.C. as No. 19 Clemson cruised past The Citadel 12-1 on Tuesday at Joe Riley Park in Charleston in front of more than 5,000 fans. It is the second straight game in which the Tigers scored 12 or more runs and had at least 11 hits.
“We played really well. It was good to see Jake Higginbotham give us a great night. Bullpen wise we were able to throw a number of guys which was our goal. I thought Paul Campbell pitched really well. It was good to get the old man Patrick Andrews out on the mound,” said coach Lee.
Clemson tallied 13 runs and 15 hits in its victory over Wake Forest on Sunday to clinch the series. The Tigers’ 12 wins in 15 games is their best start to a season since the 2010 year when that team started 13-2 through the first 15 games.
Weston Wilson remained on fire at the plate going 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Andrew Cox hit his first home run of his career. Catcher Chris Okey also had two hits and drove home a run.
The Tigers (12-3) needed a strong start from pitcher Jake Higginbotham on the mound after using so many in relief last weekend, and they got one. The true freshman went five innings and gave up just two hits, while striking out eight Bulldogs to record the win.
Clemson got on the board in the top of the first inning. Chase Pinder walked to get the inning started, and with one out Chris Okey walked as well before Seth Beer doubled to left center to score Pinder for a 1-0 lead.
Wilson hit a one-out sacrifice fly to score Okey for a 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers extend the lead to four runs in the third inning as Reed Rohlman started it with a double down the right field line. Okey then reached on an infield single, and Beer went down on strikes before Wilson hit a single up the middle to score Rohlman and Okey for a 4-0 lead.
Clemson added six more runs in the top of the fifth inning as Rohlman hit a major-league fly ball that was dropped by the right fielder, allowing Rohlman to reach third. Okey then singled him home with a shot up the middle.
Beer followed with a base hit and Wilson doubled to left center to score Okey for a 6-0 lead.
Cox then hit his first home run as a Tiger, a three-run shot to right field to make the score 9-0. With two outs Adam Renwick walked before Pinder doubled to score Renwick for a 10-0 advantage.
Clemson, who will play The Citadel again on Wednesday at 6 p.m., scored two more runs in the top of the eighth inning, while the Bulldogs added their only run in the bottom frame.