Tigers Hold Off Elon, 10-6

Clemson scored nine runs in a two-inning stretch, and downed Elon 10-6 Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers had six runs in the fifth, followed by three in the sixth. The win evened Clemson's record at 9-9, while dropping Elon to 10-14 on the season.

Josh Cribb (1-0) got the win after 5.2 innings of solid relief for starter Kris Harvey. He yielded only three hits, while striking out six and walking one. Kory Radford (0-1) suffered the loss for the Phoenix.

Lou Santangelo led the Tiger offense with four hits, while Brad McCann, Tyler Colvin, and Russell Triplett each had two. Colvin did not start, but was 2-3 with three RBIs for Clemson. Seven different Tigers had RBIs in the contest.

Elon put a run on the board in the first inning without a hit. Harvey walked three batters, and Phoenix left fielder Tyler Stevens hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Drew Davis from third base. Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, yet only one run was scored.

Stevens got his second RBI of the game in the third inning when he singled home Chris Price. However, Clemson cut the lead to 2-1 after McCann hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.

The Phoenix extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth after Davis hit a two-run double to left field. Then, Price reached on an error at first base, allowing Davis to score all the way from second.

Clemson took its first lead in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Colvin got his first career hit at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. His single to right field scored two Tiger runners. It was just the third hit of his young career. Then, with runners on the corner, Triplett roped a double down the left field line to plate two more for Clemson. Tony Sipp drove in a run after reaching on a fielder's choice, and then the Tigers added its sixth run of the frame when Daniel Pritchard, who was subbing for an injured Travis Storrer, laid down a well-executed squeeze bunt. His first career RBI gave Clemson a 7-5 lead.

The Tigers added three runs in the sixth. Santangelo hit his sixth home run of the year, and Colvin added his third RBI of the contest. Then, Garrick Evans was credited an RBI after grounding into a fielder's choice.

These two teams meet again Wednesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The game will be a businessperson special. Anyone presenting their business card at the ticket gate will receive free admission. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. The scheduled starters are Stephen Faris (0-1) for Clemson and Brian Hensen (1-0) for Elon.

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