BOX SCORE: Presbyterian 4 Clemson 3
Tony Micklon scored the go-ahead run on an error with two outs in the eighth inning
to give Presbyterian College a 4-3 win over #16 Clemson in front of 1,851 fans at
Fluor Field on Wednesday night. The Blue Hose won its seventh game in a row and
improved to 11-6 on the season. The Tigers dropped their fifth game in a row and
fell to 7-7 in 2011.
The Blue Hose scored single runs in the first, second, and third innings to build a
3-1 lead. Behind a solo homer by Phil Pohl and a run-scoring single by Steve
Wilkerson in the fifth inning, the Tigers tied the score. But Clemson could not
dent the scoreboard during the remainder of the game and Presbyterian College
capitalized on Clemson's third error of the game to earn the Blue Hose's first
victory over the Tigers since 1949. The Tigers entered the game on a five-game
winning streak in the series.
Freshman righthander Chandler Knox (2-1) pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn the
win. He allowed one hit, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts. Lefty
starter Steven Richardson pitched 6.1 strong innings, allowing six hits, three runs,
and one walk with five strikeouts.
Justin Sarratt (0-1), the second of four Tiger pitchers, suffered the loss despite
an effective outing. He yielded four hits, two runs (one earned), and no walks with
eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched. The four Clemson hurlers combined for 15
strikeouts against only one walk.
The Blue Hose took the game's first lead in the first inning. Andrew Williams led
off with a double to right-center. Three batters later, Brad Zebedis grounded a
two-out double down the left-field line to score Williams.
In the top of the second inning, Nate Horton reached on a bad-hop single with one
out and went to second on Tyler Hill's infield single. John Wagner followed with a
bloop single to right-center to score Horton. The Blue Hose loaded the bases when
Williams reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Stolz, but Will Lamb struck
out the next two batters to end the inning.
The Tigers answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Richie Shaffer
led off with a line-drive single to left field and advanced to third on John
Hinson's opposite-field double off the top of the "Green Monster" in left field.
Phil Pohl then lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Shaffer.
In the third inning, Zebedis led off with a double down the left-field line, went to
third on Micklon's sacrifice bunt, and scored when Aaron Preston reached on another
fielding error by Stolz.
Phil Pohl cut Presbyterian College's lead in half when he belted the first pitch of
the bottom of the fifth inning over the wall in left field for a solo homer, his
second long ball of the season. Jon McGibbon followed with a single through the
right side and advanced to second base on Stolz's sacrifice bunt. Wilkerson then
grounded a single up the middle to plate McGibbon and tie the score.
The Blue Hose took advantage of a critical Tiger error to regain the lead in the
eighth inning. Micklon led off with a single through the left side and advanced to
second on Preston's sacrifice bunt. After Horton walked, Kyle Galloway struck out
for out #2. The runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, pinch-hitter then Kenny
Bryant hit a routine chopper to Wilkerson at second. Shaffer was playing the ball,
therefore Alex Frederick was covering the first-base bag. But Frederick dropped the
throw on what would have been out #3, allowing Micklon to score the go-ahead run.
In the ninth inning, Pohl ripped a one-out single through the left side, but
pinch-runner Brad Miller was caught too far off first base on a pitch in the dirt
and was picked off for out #2. Knox then struck out Chris Epps to end the game.
Zebedis hit two doubles and Micklon added two hits for the Blue Hose, who outhit the
Pohl went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs to pace Clemson.
Clemson will face Duke in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting
Friday at 6:30 PM.
Tigers fall to P.C.
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