Clemson struggled on the mound but scored 10 runs on 12 hits Wednesday night as they defeated Western Carolina, 10-8, at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.
“We played just good enough tonight to win,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee said afterward. “We swung the bats very, very well. I thought we played a good game defensively.”
Sam Weatherly got the start for the Tigers and went 3 2/3 innings and gave up four hits, three runs and three earned runs. Travis Marr took over and went 3 1/3 innings giving up five hits, four runs and three earned runs to earn the win.
Spencer Strider pitched a scoreless eighth and Owen Griffith finished it out in the ninth.
“Weatherly struggled a little bit,” Lee said. “Travis Marr, I was proud of him even though he got hit and gave up the big inning. He stuck with it and kept competing by filling up the strike zone.
“Obviously going into this game we didn’t have three of our best relievers available.”
Western Carolina jumped on the Tigers for two runs in the first inning.
Clemson, who has now won 11 of its last 12 games, grabbed the lead with a 5-run second inning, highlighted by a Jordan Greene double down the left-field line to score Sam Hall and Grayson Byrd. Hall also had an RBI single in the inning and Logan Davidson had a two-run home run to put the Tigers up 5-2.
Western Carolina added another run in the third to cut into the Clemson lead, but the Tigers added two in the fourth with some two-out magic. Kyle Wilkie singled and then Seth Beer hit a 424-foot home run to center field to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
The Catamounts plated three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the game 7-7. And then for the second game in a row Lee huddled his team in the dugout before the bottom of the sixth. Once again they responded.
With two outs in the Clemson sixth, Wilkie singled to score Hall and after Beer was intentionally walked. Chris Williams doubled down the left field line to score Wilkie and Beer to make it 10-7 score.
Western Carolina scored one in the ninth and stranded two base runners to end the game.
With the win Clemson moves to 37-12 overall. The Tigers host Austin Peay Friday night at 6:30 p.m., in Game 1 of a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore.