The Cougars improved to 32-15 on the season and won their first contest against the Tigers in 24 all-time meetings. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, fell to 28-20.
The Tigers scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead, but the Cougars responded with two runs in the fourth inning to retake the lead for good. College of Charleston doubled its lead with a run in the sixth inning and held on for the two-run win.
Starter Matt Pegler (8-2) pitched 6.0 solid innings to earn the win. He allowed five hits, two runs, and three walks with two strikeouts. Kyle Owings tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts to record his second save of the year.
Jonathan Meyer (2-4) suffered the loss, as he yielded seven hits, four runs (two earned), and two walks with one strikeout in 5.1 innings pitched. Scott Firth pitched the final 3.2 innings and gave up just one hit, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts.
The Cougars took the game's first lead in the first inning. Bradley Goodson lined a one-out single to center. Two batters later with two outs, Daniel Aldrich ripped a double down the right-field line. Goodson scored on the play on an error by right-fielder Brad Felder.
In the third inning, Jason Stolz drew a two-out walk and scored on Steve Wilkerson's double to right-center that extended his hitting streak to 10 games. After Thomas Brittle walked, Richie Shaffer flared a single to right field to score Wilkerson.
Aldrich belted a solo homer to right field in the fourth inning to tie the score. It was Aldrich's seventh long ball of the season. Two batters later, Brandon Glazer hit a two-out single to center, then Tyler Jackson reached on an error by Wilkerson at second that allowed Glazer to move to third base. On a designed play, Jackson got in a rundown long enough to allow Glazer to score, giving College of Charleston the lead for good.
In the sixth inning, Goodson led off with a bloop single to left field. Two batters later, Aldrich walked with one out, then Rob Harding lofted an 0-2 pitch to right-center that fell for another bloop single, allowing Goodson to score.
In the ninth inning, Felder drew a two-out walk to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but pinch-hitter Joe Costigan grounded out to second to end the game.
Goodson, Aldrich, and Harding all had two hits apiece for College of Charleston, who totaled eight hits in the contest. Goodson added a game-high two runs.
Wilkerson and Phil Pohl had two hits apiece for Clemson, who amassed six hits. Brittle went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Jon McGibbon was 0-for-3 with a walk, as his 10-game hitting streak came to an end.
Clemson will host Tennessee Tech at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday at 2:00 PM. The game was originally scheduled to start at 6:30 PM, but the threat of inclement weather forced the change.
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