The Eagles, led by former Tiger Assistant Coach Tom Riginos (2003-10), improved to 7-3, while the Tigers dropped to 7-4.
Trailing 1-0, Winthrop scored two runs in the third inning to take the lead for
good. Two innings later, Gonzalez belted a two-out, opposite-field, three-run homer
down the right-field line to up Winthrop’s lead to 5-1. Clemson scratched a run in
the bottom of the fifth inning on Eli White’s run-scoring double. In the eighth
inning, Tyler Krieger singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 and Clemson scored
two runs in the frame, but it was not enough.
Junior lefty Josh Strong (2-0) earned the win by allowing five hits, two runs and
four walks with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Joey Strain pitched a
scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the season. Tiger starter Charlie
Barnes (1-1) suffered the loss in his first career start.
Clemson opens ACC play this weekend when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. to take on NC
State in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Tigers fall to Winthrop
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