West Virginia takes opening series

West Virginia scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning after a costly Tiger error and cruised to a 6-1 win over No. 24 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers won the season-opening series 2-1.

West Virginia put its first two runners on base in the fifth inning, then a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt scored a run. The Mountaineers added two more runs on an RBI groundout and two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth inning. Clemson rallied with four hits in the seventh inning, but scored only one run thanks to a crucial double play.

Chad Donato (1-0) picked up the win by tossing 6.0 effective innings, allowing seven hits, one run and one walk with five strikeouts. Tiger starter Brody Koerner (0-1) suffered the loss despite allowing just one run on three hits with a career-high eight strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

Clemson faces Charleston Southern at Doug Kingsmore on Wednesday at 4 p.m. It is BOGO Wednesday, as fans can purchase one adult-seat ticket and receive an additional reserved-seat ticket free of charge.

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