BOX SCORE: Clemson 5 Morehead State 2
Brody Koerner, Jonathan Meyer, and Zack Erwin combined to allow only two of 16
baserunners to score in Clemson's 5-2 victory over Morehead State at Doug Kingsmore
Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the midweek series 2-0,
improved to 13-7 on the season. The Eagles dropped to 7-14 in 2013.
Trailing 2-1, the Tigers plated a run in the fifth inning to tie the score and took
the lead for good in the sixth inning on Jon McGibbon's run-scoring single. Meyer
and Erwin combined to work out of several jams in the final five innings without
allowing a run.
Meyer (1-0), who earned the win, allowed six hits, no runs, and no walks with three
strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched. Erwin pitched a hitless and scoreless ninth
inning to record his first career save. Freshman righthander Brody Koerner gave up
one earned run on four hits in 4.0 innings pitched in his first career start. The
three Tiger hurlers combined to strand 10 runners on base, including seven in
scoring position. They were also the benefactors of three double plays by the Tiger
Matt Anderson (0-3), the first of four Eagle pitchers, suffered the loss. In 5.1
innings pitched, he yielded four hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with
The Tigers started the scoring in the first inning when Garrett Boulware laced a
two-out single through the left side to score Steven Duggar. Duggar reached on a
one-out single up the middle and advanced to second on Steve Wilkerson's sacrifice
In the third inning, Duran Elmore reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch and advanced to
second on Taylor Pickens' groundout. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Elmore
scored when Wilkerson booted Kane Sweeney's two-out grounder.
In the top of the fifth inning, Pickens led off with a single to right field and
Sweeney followed with a walk. Two batters later, Chase Greenwell grounded a single
through the left side to load the bases, then Chris Robinson lined a single to right
field to score Pickens and give Morehead State a 2-1 lead. Duggar prevented further
damage on the play by throwing Sweeney out at the plate from right field.
Tyler Krieger lined a one-out double to left-center in the bottom of the fifth
inning, then Tyler Slaton grounded a ball down the first-base line. Anderson's
throw to first hit Slaton and Krieger scored on the error.
In the sixth inning, Boulware led off with a walk and advanced to second on Shane
Kennedy's sacrifice bunt. McGibbon then flared a one-out single down the
right-field line to score Boulware and give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Bobby Burns led off the top of the eighth inning with a single up the middle, then
pinch-hitter Taylor Sears blooped a single to center. After fouling off the first
two pitches attempting to bunt the runners over, Trey Gross grounded into a 6-4-3
double play. Elmore then grounded out to second to end the frame.
Clemson scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wilkerson led
off with a single through the right side, then Boulware singled through the right
side. Kennedy walked on four pitches to load the bases with no outs, then McGibbon
flared a single to left-center to score Wilkerson and Boulware.
In the ninth inning, Pickens led off with a walk on five pitches. But Sweeney flied
out to right field and Alan Mocahbee grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
McGibbon went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Tigers. Boulware went 2-for-2
with one RBI, two runs, and two walks, while Duggar and Krieger both added two hits
and one run apiece.
Robinson went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI to pace the Eagles, who outhit the
Clemson will host Duke in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend
starting Friday at 6:30 PM.
Clemson sweeps Morehead State
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