Clemson, SC -
Leighton Daniels scored on Clay Altman's
sacrifice fly in the 11th inning to lift Winthrop to a 3-2 win over
Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles improved to 3-5, while the Tigers
fell to 5-2.
Eric Ruth (1-0), the last of six Winthrop
pitchers, earned the win by allowing two hits, no runs, and one walk with three
strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched. Freshman
lefty Sam Kmiec pitched 4.2 strong innings in his first career start. He gave up just three hits, one run, and no
walks with six strikeouts.
Matt Campbell (0-1) suffered the loss, as
he allowed one hit, one unearned run, and no walks with two strikeouts in 1.1
innings pitched. Freshman lefthander
Matthew Crownover only yielded one hit, one run, and one walk with four
strikeouts in 3.0 innings pitched in his first career start. In fact, his start ended a streak of 101
games in a row that Clemson started a righthander on the mound dating to 2011.
Freshman Nick Bateman gave Winthrop the
game's first lead when he belted the first pitch of the third inning over the
fence down the left-field line. It was
his first career home run and ended Clemson's scoreless innings pitched streak at 20
dating to the ninth inning of the first game of the Wright State series on
Saturday. It was also the first long
ball surrendered by the Tigers in 2013.
The Tigers put together a two-out rally to tie
the score in the fifth inning. Tyler
Krieger reached on a two-out, infield single, Clemson's first hit of the
game. Maleeke Gibson followed with a
single to right-center, then pinch-hitter Garrett Boulware grounded a single
through the right side to score Krieger.
Thomas Brittle followed with a line drive to left-center, but
centerfielder Drew Hardee made a diving catch to end the inning and prevent the
Tigers from taking the lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Daniels
drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on an error. Matt Lobacz followed with a single up the
middle to score Daniels and give Winthrop a 2-1 lead.
Clemson responded again in the bottom of
the sixth inning to tie the score.
Steven Duggar led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on
a wild pitch. After Duggar advanced to
third on Steve Wilkerson's lineout to right field, Duggar scored on Shane
Kennedy's sacrifice fly to right-center.
Daniels led off the top of the 11th
inning with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a passed
ball with no outs. Two batters later
with one out, Altman hit a flyball to shallow right field. Duggar's throw home beat the runner by
multiple steps, but catcher Kevin Bradley could not catch the ball after the
in-between hop and Daniels scored the unearned run.
In the bottom of the 11th
inning, Wilkerson led off with a line-drive single to center, then the next two
Tigers were retired. Wilkerson then stole
second, but Jay Baum grounded out to third to end the game.
Daniels paced the Eagles, who had only four
hits, with a double, two runs, and two walks.
The win was the first against the Tigers for Head Coach Tom Riginos, who
served as an assistant coach at Clemson from 2003-10.
Six different Tigers had one hit
apiece. Kennedy and Boulware had the
team's only RBIs.
Clemson will play #7 South Carolina in a
three-game series at three different sites this weekend beginning Friday at 6:30
PM at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.