Winthrop 3 Clemson 2
The Eagles improved to 3-5, while the Tigers fell to 5-2.
Eric Ruth (1-0), the last of six Winthrop pitchers, earned the win by allowing two
hits, no runs, and one walk with three strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched. Freshman
lefty Sam Kmiec pitched 4.2 strong innings in his first career start. He gave up
just three hits, one run, and no walks with six strikeouts.
Matt Campbell (0-1) suffered the loss, as he allowed one hit, one unearned run, and
no walks with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched. Freshman lefthander Matthew
Crownover only yielded one hit, one run, and one walk with four strikeouts in 3.0
innings pitched in his first career start. In fact, his start ended a streak of 101
games in a row that Clemson started a righthander on the mound dating to 2011.
Freshman Nick Bateman gave Winthrop the game's first lead when he belted the first
pitch of the third inning over the fence down the left-field line. It was his first
career home run and ended Clemson's scoreless innings pitched streak at 20 dating to
the ninth inning of the first game of the Wright State series on Saturday. It was
also the first long ball surrendered by the Tigers in 2013.
The Tigers put together a two-out rally to tie the score in the fifth inning. Tyler
Krieger reached on a two-out, infield single, Clemson's first hit of the game.
Maleeke Gibson followed with a single to right-center, then pinch-hitter Garrett
Boulware grounded a single through the right side to score Krieger. Thomas Brittle
followed with a line drive to left-center, but centerfielder Drew Hardee made a
diving catch to end the inning and prevent the Tigers from taking the lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Daniels drew a one-out walk and advanced to second
on an error. Matt Lobacz followed with a single up the middle to score Daniels and
give Winthrop a 2-1 lead.
Clemson responded again in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score. Steven
Duggar led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch.
After Duggar advanced to third on Steve Wilkerson's lineout to right field, Duggar
scored on Shane Kennedy's sacrifice fly to right-center.
Daniels led off the top of the 11th inning with a double down the left-field line
and advanced to third on a passed ball with no outs. Two batters later with one
out, Altman hit a flyball to shallow right field. Duggar's throw home beat the
runner by multiple steps, but catcher Kevin Bradley could not catch the ball after
the in-between hop and Daniels scored the unearned run.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Wilkerson led off with a line-drive single to
center, then the next two Tigers were retired. Wilkerson then stole second, but Jay
Baum grounded out to third to end the game.
Daniels paced the Eagles, who had only four hits, with a double, two runs, and two
walks. The win was the first against the Tigers for Head Coach Tom Riginos, who
served as an assistant coach at Clemson from 2003-10.
Six different Tigers had one hit apiece. Kennedy and Boulware had the team's only
Clemson will play #7 South Carolina in a three-game series at three different sites
this weekend beginning Friday at 6:30 PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson falls to Winthrop
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