CHARLESTON — Weston Wilson’s single in the top of the ninth inning plated Chris Okey and Seth Beer with the winning runs as No. 19 Clemson defeated The Citadel, 5-4, on Wednesday at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.
With no outs and Okey and Beer in scoring position, Wilson dropped a base hit right over the shortstop’s head in left centerfield for his second and third RBIs of the night. Okey doubled down the leftfield line to lead off the inning, while Beer was intentionally walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
Wilson doubled to left center back in the second inning to score Beer which gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead at the time.
Wilson’s ninth-inning heroics saved the Tigers, who stranded 12 runners overall.
With the win, Clemson sweeps the two-game series. The Tigers won 12-1 on Tuesday.
With the bats struggling, Clemson’s pitching staff kept the Tigers out in front most of the night. Alex Schnell got the start for the Tigers on the mound, went three innings and gave up one run on one hit. Brooks Crawford came on to relieve Schnell in the fourth inning and went one 1/3 innings while he also allowed a run (unearned) on a hit.
Pat Krall went an inning and two thirds innings and gave up one hit and no runs. Alex Eubanks got two strikeouts in the seventh and went an inning and a third.
Alex Bostic, who gave up an unearned run in bottom of the eighth and then another in the ninth, finished the game off for the Tigers and got the win.
Clemson (13-3) jumped out to a lead in the first inning. Chase Pinder walked and then with one out Chris Okey did the same. Seth Beer walked to load the bases before Robert Jolly walked to score Pinder.
After the top of the first the Tigers led 1-0.
The Citadel tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second inning, but in the third inning Wilson doubled to left centerfield to score Beer, who led off the inning with a single.
The Bulldogs (7-10) tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but again Clemson took the lead right back in the top of the sixth inning. Pinder singled to start the inning, and with one out Okey singled to left field.
Beer then through with a base knock to right field to score Pinder for a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh Krall and Eubanks combined to shut down a huge threat by The Citadel. Beer dove for a ball and couldn’t come up with it and the lead-off batter went all the way to third. Krall got a strikeout before being replaced by Eubanks, who recorded back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runner at third.
The Tigers will play a three-game series with Boston College this weekend at Doug Kingsmore. Game 1 is on Friday at 6:30 p.m.