Lightning halted play in the top of the ninth inning and the game was called less than an hour later. The Tigers, who won the home-and-home season series over the Catamounts 2-0, improved to 27-14 overall. Western Carolina fell to 17-21-1 on the season.
Miller's two-run double sparked Clemson's three-run first inning, then the Tigers
added two runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Catamounts rallied for four runs
in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Clemson's lead to one run. But David
Haselden and Jonathan Meyer shut the door and kept the Catamounts off the scoreboard
for the final three innings.
Haselden (4-1), the second of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed
three hits, no runs, and no walks in 2.2 innings pitched. Meyer struck out all
three batters he faced in the eighth inning to record his first save of the season.
The pitching staff was aided by three key double plays turned by the Tiger defense.
Morgan McKinney (0-1), the first of five Catamount hurlers, suffered the loss. He
did not retire a batter and allowed two hits, three runs, and one walk. The five
Western Carolina pitchers combined to strand 10 Tigers on base, including eight in
In the first inning, John Hinson led off with a single through the right side and
stole second. Phil Pohl followed with a walk as Hinson stole third. Miller laced a
double down the left-field line to score Hinson and Pohl. After Miller stole third,
he scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the fifth inning, Miller lined a one-out single to center and scored
on Richie Shaffer's double down the left-field line on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters
later, Will Lamb laced a two-out double to right field to plate Shaffer and give the
Tigers a 5-0 lead.
The Catamounts responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cameron
Dullnig led off with a single up the middle and went to third on Cody Jones' double
to right-center. Aaron Attaway's groundout to second brought home Dullnig. After
Macon Smith walked, Austin Schultz laid down a bunt to Shaffer at first, who threw
home. But his throw was offline and Jones slid in safely on the sacrifice bunt.
Ross Heffley followed with a single through the left side to load the bases, then
Matt Johns lined a single to right field to score Smith. Stephen Notaro's sacrifice
fly to right field scored Schultz. The runs ended Clemson's scoreless
innings-pitched streak at 15 dating back to Sunday's game against Wake Forest.
In the eighth inning, Chris Epps led off with a single down the right-field line and
advanced to second on Jason Stolz's sacrifice bunt. Hinson then ripped a one-hopper
to Heffley at second, who could not make the play as Epps scored on the hard-hit
After Jeff Schaus led off the ninth inning with a double up the middle at 8:53 PM,
lightning in the area forced a delay in the action. Less than an hour later, the
game was called and the Tigers prevailed with the two-run victory. The game
reverted to the end of the eighth inning, meaning Schaus' two-bagger did not count.
Miller led Clemson's 13-hit attack by reaching base in all five of his plate
appearances along with two runs and a steal. Hinson, a native of nearby Asheville,
NC, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two steals, while Lamb went 2-for-4 with a double.
Lamb also extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
Johns and Dullnig had two hits apiece to pace Western Carolina, who totaled seven
hits in the contest.
Clemson will host #9 Georgia Tech in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium
starting Friday at 6:30 PM.
Tigers top Western Carolina
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