Tigers fall to Winthrop

Roger Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to lead Winthrop to a 5-4 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday.

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.

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