The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 36-15 on the season. The Eagles dropped to 25-25 in 2013.
Clemson scored single runs in the first three innings to build a 3-0 lead, then the
Tigers put the game away with four runs in the seventh inning.
Crownover (7-1) set career highs for innings pitched and strikeouts (8) while
allowing just three singles and three walks to earn the win. Patrick Andrews and
Jackson Campana both pitched a scoreless inning to close out the contest. The three
Tiger hurlers did not allow an Eagle baserunner to advance past second base in the
Jason Richman (4-4), the first of three Eagle pitchers, suffered the loss. He
yielded five hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with one strikeout in 2.0
The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning.
Maleeke Gibson led off with a single to center, then Steve Wilkerson and Steven
Duggar reached on infield singles to load the bases with no outs. Garrett Boulware
grounded into a double play as Gibson scored.
In the second inning, leadoff batter Jon McGibbon reached on an error by Richman and
Tyler Krieger laced a single to left field. After Thomas Brittle walked to load the
bases with no outs and Mike Triller struck out, Gibson lofted a sacrifice fly to
center to score McGibbon.
Boulware led off the third inning with a single through the left side and Shane
Kennedy reached on a bunt single. After McGibbon moved the runners up a base with a
sacrifice bunt, Boulware scored on a wild pitch.
In the seventh inning, Wilkerson drew a one-out walk and Duggar lined a single to
left field. Boulware followed with a single to right field to score Wilkerson, then
Kennedy singled through the right side on an 0-2 pitch to score Duggar. After
McGibbon's groundout moved the runners up a base, Krieger reached on a two-out error
that allowed Boulware to score, then Brittle laid down a bunt single to plate
Duggar paced Clemson's 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a run. Boulware went
2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while Kennedy and Krieger added two hits apiece.
Four different Eagles had one hit apiece.
Clemson and Georgia Southern will play game-three of the three-game series on Sunday
at 1:00 PM. Clemson's five graduating senior players will be honored during a
Clemson clinches GSU series
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