Tigers fall to Winthrop

CLEMSON – While it's not time to officially push the panic button, there's no denying the Clemson baseball team is in at the very least a mini slump with its hitting, pitching and fielding. Over their last three games, the Tigers have surrendered 40 runs, scored only 10 and committed seven errors.

Box Score

And not surprisingly, Clemson is 0-3 in those games, with the latest loss coming in the form of a Winthrop 6-3 victory Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The loss drops the No. 6 Tigers to 27-11 overall, while No. 23 Winthrop improves to 30-10 and now sports a 10-3 record versus teams from the ACC and SEC. Against the ACC, the Eagles are 8-2.

"We've always played well here," Winthrop coach Joe Hudak said. "Clemson is a program we're trying to emulate. All we're trying to do is show we can play with other good clubs."

Winthrop pitcher Alex Wilson was the story as the freshman allowed two earned runs, while striking out five and walking none over eight innings to improve to 9-2 on the season.

He was so good that when he was taken out in the ninth inning, the Clemson faithful gave him a rousing ovation in appreciation of his fine outing.

"That's the tough part playing some of these teams on Tuesday or Wednesday," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said. "They throw their Friday and Saturday guys."

Due to a single by Travis Storrer to lead off the bottom of the ninth and a two-out throwing error by Eagles third baseman Mitch Saum, pinch hitter Ben Hall had a chance to tie it with one swing of the bat, but a lazy fly ball to right field ended the game.

Clemson starting pitcher David Kopp (2-1) gave up seven hits, two of which were home runs.

Not helping Kopp was another unearned run, which have come all too often this year. Clemson is 13-0 when it doesn't commit an error and 14-11 with at least one error.

Offensively, the Tigers switched things up a little by dropping second baseman Taylor Harbin in the batting order. He was in the sixth spot, which is the first time in the sophomore's career he hasn't batted either second or third.

It may have worked as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.

"This is the first time I've struggled since I've been playing baseball," Harbin said. "But it's a good learning experience for me."

Leggett said Harbin's move could be a permanent thing.

"I like him down there," he said. "I think it might work for us."

Clemson has another tough game Wednesday as the Southern Conference leader in Furman (23-11) comes to town. P.J. Zocchi (3-0, 4.65 ERA) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.

Leggett said the team is fine mentally.

"We've got plenty of confidence," he said. "We're a good baseball team."

Winthrop 6 (30-10)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Chris Carrara 2b.........  5  1  1  0   0  1  0  4   2
Heath Rollins 1b/p.......  4  1  1  3   1  2  6  0   0
Jacob Dempsey lf.........  4  0  0  0   1  2  2  0   1
Tommy Lentz cf...........  5  0  3  0   0  1  5  0   1
Matt Repec ss............  5  0  0  0   0  1  3  2   2
Phil Carey rf............  3  1  1  1   1  1  2  0   0
 Tyler McBride pr/rf.....  0  1  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Ben Ehrlich dh...........  2  1  1  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Eddie Tisdale 1b........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Mitch Saum 3b............  4  0  2  1   0  2  3  2   2
Alan Robbins c...........  3  1  1  1   0  0  5  0   0
Alex Wilson p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  6 10  6   4 10 27  8   8

Clemson 3 (27-11)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink dh........  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   1
Brad Chalk cf............  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  0   1
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  1  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  0 14  0   0
Travis Storrer rf........  4  0  2  2   0  0  1  0   0
 D.J. Mitchell pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  4   0
Marquez Smith 3b.........  3  0  0  1   0  0  0  1   2
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  4   0
Adrian Casanova c........  3  0  0  0   0  1 10  1   0
 Ben Hall ph.............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
David Kopp p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Daniel Moskos p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Totals................... 34  3  8  3   0  5 27 13   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Winthrop............ 010 031 010 -  6 10  3
Clemson............. 000 200 100 -  3  8  1
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E - REPEC(8); SAUM 2(8); D'ALESSIO(1). DP - Winthrop 1; Clemson 1. LOB -
Winthrop 8; Clemson 6. 2B - CARRARA(10); LENTZ 2(11); SAUM(8); ROBBINS(5);
HARBIN(10). 3B - HARBIN(1). HR - ROLLINS(2); CAREY(4). SH - EHRLICH(3);
ROBBINS(6); D'ALESSIO(2). SF - M. SMITH(2). SB - LENTZ(5); CHALK(8);
HARBIN(3).

Winthrop               IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Alex Wilson.........  8.0  8  3  2  0  5 30 32
Heath Rollins.......  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  4  4

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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David Kopp..........  5.1  7  5  4  2  6 24 26
Daniel Moskos.......  3.2  3  1  1  2  4 11 15

Win - WILSON (9-2).  Loss - KOPP (2-1).  Save - ROLLINS (1).
Umpires - HP: David Savage  1B: Mike Mazzarisi  3B: Danny Everett
Start: 7:18   Time: 2:39   Attendance: 4095
WILSON faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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