The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 4-0, while the Raiders dropped to 2-3. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Tiger starter Casey Harman (2-0) earned the win, as the junior
allowed four hits, one run, and a career-high three walks with six
strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Alex Frederick retired the only
batter he faced to record his first career save. The Raiders put 16
batters on base, but Harman, Jonathan Meyer, Tomas Cruz, and Frederick
combined to limit Wright State to just three runs thanks in part to
stranding 11 runners on base.
Raider starter Alex Kaminsky (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded
five hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with five strikeouts
in 6.1 innings pitched.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the second inning. Parker
led off with a single to right field and went to second on a wild
pitch. Three batters later, Brad Miller laced a two-out double to left-
center to score Parker. Will Lamb then reached on a fielding error by
first-baseman Jake Hibberd, allowing Miller to score from second.
The Raiders finally dented the scoreboard in the top of the sixth
inning after the first two batters of the frame were retired. Tristan
Moore started with a double to center and scored on Ryan Ashe's double
to right-center. Walks by Garrett Gray and Gerald Ogrinc loaded the
bases, then the Tigers called on Meyer from the bullpen. The freshman
got Justin Kopale to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice to
keep the Tigers ahead 2-1.
Clemson doubled its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jeff
Schaus and Parker led off with singles. Two batters later, John Nester
walked to load the bases. Miller's sacrifice fly down the left-field
line scored Parker.
In the top of the seventh inning, Aaron Fields led off with a
single through the left side and Hibberd followed with a walk. After
Casey McGrew advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt, Quentin Cate
hit a bloop single to center to score Fields and move pinch-runner
Kevin Simms to third. But Cruz got Moore to foul out and Ashe to
ground out to keep the Tigers ahead 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Chris Epps hit a one-out
double to right-center. Two batters later with two outs, Schaus was
hit-by-pitch and Parker walked to load the bases. Wilson Boyd also
walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring home Epps.
The Raiders came right back and rallied in the eighth inning. Gray
led off with a single to left and went to third on Ogrinc's single
down the left-field line. Kopale then grounded into a double play, but
Gray scored to cut Clemson's lead to 4-3.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Cate hit a single through the
left side to put the potential tying run on base. The Tigers brought
in Frederick from the bullpen. Moore responded by lining a hard-hit
ball to center, but Addison Johnson made a running catch to end the
Parker had three of the Tigers' six hits, scored two runs, and
walked once, while Miller had a double and two RBIs. Cate, Moore, and
Ashe all had two hits apiece for Wright State, who had nine hits in
Clemson will face Wright State in game-two of the three-game series
at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
Tigers remain undefeated
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