Tigers Fall to Western Carolina

Western Carolina hit two homers on their way to a 6-2 win over Clemson Tuesday night in front of 3,674 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Catamounts improved to 17-18, while the Tigers dropped to 18-18.

Catamount reliever Drew Saberhagen (3-3) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings allowing one hit and two walks while striking out one. Tyler Sexton picked up his second save of the season pitching the final 1.1 scoreless innings.

Barrett Shaft finished the contest 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs, while Reid Rollison went 3-for-3 with a solo homer for the Catamounts. Five different Tigers tallied one hit apiece.

Matt Vaughn (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three in 4.0 innings pitched.

The Catamounts took an early lead in the second when Rollison hit a two-out solo home run to left. It was his first homer of the year.

The Tigers tied the score in the third when Matt Sanders crushed his first career home run, a one-out solo shot to left.

In the sixth inning, Chris Epps drew a lead-off walk before Stan Widmann singled up the middle and was caught in a run-down that allowed Epps to score.

Western Carolina took a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Shaft hit a two-out, two-run homer to center. It was his third of the season.

In the eighth inning, Mike Freeman reached first on a fielding error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then third on an infield single, before he was caught stealing at home.

The Catamounts put the game out-of-reach with three runs in the ninth. With the bases loaded, Shaft singled through the right side driving home two runners. Brent Greer then reached on an RBI fielder's choice to the pitcher that brought in another run.

Clemson and Western Carolina will play again April 22 at 7:00 PM in Culowhee, NC.

Clemson returns to action Wednesday night as it hosts South Carolina at 7:15 PM. The game will be televised live by CSS.

CUTigers.com Top Stories