A day after one of the best pitching performances in the history of Tiger Field on Friday, Elon and Clemson combined for 18 runs and 26 hits as the 12th-ranked Tigers rolled to a 13-5 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Game 2 on Saturday.
On Friday, Clemson pitchers Charlie Barnes, Ryley Gilliam and Brooks Crawford combined to strikeout a school-record 23 batters with no walks in a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix in 13 innings. The Tigers and Phoenix recorded just 18 hits in the 13 inning affair.
With Clemson’s Pat Krall starting and Elon’s Robbie Welhaf, much of the same was expected on Saturday. Krall gave up no runs and just two hits in six innings of work against Wright State last week, while Welhaf pitched a no-hitter against Longwood.
“We need to be good on offense today for Pat, and we did that so I was very proud our guys for picking him up when he was not quite at his best, even though he gave us a good start,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee said. “He was not quite at his best, but our offense stepped up for us today.”
It did not take the Tigers (4-2) too long to do that and to get to Welhaf. Chase Pinder, who started in the lead-off spot for the first time this season, singled to right centerfield to lead off the Clemson first. Reed Rohlman then followed with a base knock through the left side. After Seth Beer loaded the bases with a drawn walk, Weston Jackson flew out to centerfield to score Pinder and then Andrew Cox singled up the middle to score Rohlman for a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Logan Davidson then singled through the right side to score Beer and Cox for a 4-0 advantage.
Clemson added two runs in the second and third innings and ran off Welhaf with two outs in the third inning. The Phoenix pitcher gave up eight runs on eight hits and issued two walks.
Krall did not have his typical outing either. The tall lefty gave up five earned runs and nine hits before being replaced with two outs in the sixth inning. He had four strikeouts and allowed one walk.
“Pat was not at his best, but he still hung in there and gave us a good start,” Lee said. “He got hit a little bit today, but we needed to pick him up. How many times has Pat Krall picked us up? He picks us up all the time. We needed to pick him up.”
The Tigers scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings on Saturday.
“It wasn’t my day, but you have to give credit to our offense and our bullpen. It was their kind of day,” Krall said. “It was one of those days where balls were missing and I was not getting it where I wanted it to. I just was not consistent and mentally I was not fully there, which is on me.
“I’m just glad they picked me up and we got the win.”
Clemson finished the game with 15 hits. Pinder had three hits and drove in two runs, while seven different Tigers drove in runs. Seven players had at least one hit. Robert Jolly and Rohlman also had three hits, while Davidson was responsible for driving in a team-high three runs.
Clemson and Elon will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
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