The Tigers, who swept the series 3-0, improved to 6-0, their best start since their 13-0 start in 2002. The Raiders fell to 2-5.
Mike Freeman matched Schaus' hit total by going 3-for-5 with three
runs and an RBI, while Brad Miller and Jason Stolz both added two
hits, a double, and two runs in Clemson's 12-hit attack.
Sophomore lefthander Will Lamb (1-0) earned his first career win by
tossing 4.0 innings, allowing four hits, one run, and one walk with
two strikeouts. He was the first of seven Tigers to pitch in the game.
Raider starter Max Friedman (0-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded
five runs (three earned) on five hits in 2.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the
first inning. Freeman hit a one-out single to left-center and advanced
to second when centerfielder Ryan Ashe booted the ball. Schaus
followed with a single through the right side to score Freeman. After
John Hinson reached on a fielding error by third-baseman Quentin Cate
and Richie Shaffer loaded the bases with a hit-by-pitch, John Nester
walked to bring home Schaus, giving Clemson a 2-0 lead.
The Raiders responded with a run in the top of the second inning.
Cate led off with a single to left field. Two batters later, Garrett
Gray singled to left-center, then Jake Hibberd belted a double to
center to score Cate. But Gerald Ogrinc hit into a fielder's choice to
third base as Gray was retired at the plate for out #2 and Justin
Kopale struck out looking to end the threat.
In the bottom of the second inning, Stolz led off with an infield
single and scored on Miller's double to left-center. After Miller
moved to third on Freeman's groundout, Schaus hit a sacrifice fly on a
3-0 count to score Miller. Parker then blasted a solo homer to left-
Freeman led off the fourth inning with a single up the middle and
Schaus followed with a two-run homer to right field, his first long
ball of the season. Parker then hit a solo homer to left-center, his
second home run of the game and third of the season.
In the top of the fifth inning, Kopale led off with a single to right
field. Two batters later, Aaron Fields laced a double to left-center
to advance Kopale to third. After Tristan Moore was hit-by-pitch, Cate
walked to score Kopale. Casey McGrew followed with a sacrifice fly to
left to score Fields. After Gray walked to load the bases, Hibberd was
hit-by-pitch to plate Moore. But Dominic Leone struck out Ogrinc
looking to end the inning and keep the Tigers ahead 8-4.
Clemson answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Addison Johnson led off with a walk, stole second, and scored on
Stolz's double to right-center. Two batters later, Freeman lofted a
single to right-center to plate Stolz and stole second on a failed
pickoff attempt. Schaus followed with a single through the right side
to score Freeman.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Miller hit a
one-out, bunt single. Then with two outs, Wilson Boyd, Chris Epps, and
Hinson all drew walks, with the last plating Miller.
In the eighth inning, Hibberd led off with a double to right-center.
Two batters later, pinch-hitter Kody Krizman singled up the middle to
In the ninth inning, McGrew reached on a one-out, infield single and
moved to second on a passed ball. Two batters later, Hibberd lined a
two-out single to center to score McGrew.
Wright State, who outhit Clemson 13-12, was led at the plate by
Hibberd, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.
Clemson will host Dayton at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at
Tigers sweep Raiders
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