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#7 Clemson Offense Explodes Again to Beat Western Carolina 24-10

#7 Clemson has scored 42 runs in its last two games and won its 10th straight on Friday night against Western Carolina in front of 5,589 fans.

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CLEMSON, S.C. - #7 Clemson stormed back from an early 6-0 deficit with 10 runs in the third inning, set a school NCAA Tournament record with seven home runs and tied the school record for runs in an NCAA Tourney game in its 24-10 victory over Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night in front of 5,589 fans. The Tigers, who won their 10th game in a row, improved to 43-18, while the Catamounts dropped to 30-30. It marked the first time since March 14, 1998 that Clemson scored 18 or more runs in back-to-back games. It was the Tigers' 24th come-from-behind win of the season.
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Western Carolina scored two runs in the second inning on a full-count, two-out HR and four unearned runs in the top of the third inning to build a 6-0 lead. But Clemson answered back in the bottom of the third with its most runs in an inning since May 15, 2010 (Wake Forest). Chris Williams hit a two-run single, Seth Beer belted a two-out grand slam, his 17th long ball of the year, and Chris Okey followed with a solo home run to highlight the uprising. After the 10-run third, Clemson tacked on five more runs in the fifth inning, keyed by Williams’s three-run homer. Then Okey belted his second homer of the game and 14th of the year, a three-run shot, in the sixth inning. Triller and Eli White added long balls in the seventh inning, and Triller--who didn't even start the game but pinch hit in the third--hit his second home run of the game in the eighth inning. Triller, the ACC Tournament's MVP, has hit 4 HR's in as many games.
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John Bolton Photography
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Charlie Barnes (6-4) earned the win, as he gave up eight hits, nine runs (five earned) and three walks with six strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Catamount reliever Korey Anderson (1-4) suffered the loss, as he yielded four runs in 0.1 innings pitched.
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Clemson plays Oklahoma State in the winners' bracket on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The Cowboys defeated Nebraska 6-0 in the first game on Friday.

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