Clemson, SC -
Garrett Boulware's three-run homer capped a
six-run fourth inning in Clemson's 10-5 win over Morehead State at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The
Tigers improved to 12-7, while the Eagles fell to 7-13. It was the first meeting between the two
teams since 1997.
Clemson trailed 3-2 through three innings,
but the Tigers erupted for six runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for
good. The five-run victory gave Jack
Leggett his 1,236th career win as a head coach, moving him ahead of
Larry Cochell into sole possession of 12th place in all-time
coaching wins at the Division I level.
Mike Kent (1-1), the third of four Tiger
pitchers, earned the win by tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and no walks with four
Dan Hyatt (0-1), the second of five Eagle
hurlers, suffered the loss. In 1.1
innings pitched, he yielded four hits, six runs, and one walk.
The Eagles grabbed the game's first lead in
the top of the second inning. Bobby
Burns lined a two-out single to center and Drew Williams followed with a
two-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the season.
In the bottom of the second inning, Jay
Baum ripped a two-out double over the third-base bag and scored on Thomas
Brittle's bloop single to right field.
Taylor Pickens led off the top of the third
inning with a double to left-center and went to third on Kane Sweeney's single
to right field. Alan Mocahbee grounded
into a 6-4-3 double play, but Pickens scored on the play to up the Eagles' lead
Clemson responded again in the bottom of
the third inning. Tyler Slaton led off
with a single through the right side.
Three batters later with two outs and after Slaton stole second, Boulware
laced a single down the left-field line to score Slaton.
In the fourth inning, Clemson exploded for
six runs on four hits. Jon McGibbon led
off with an infield single, Baum walked, and Brittle reached on a bunt single
to load the bases with no outs. Tyler
Krieger was hit-by-pitch to score McGibbon, then Slaton lofted a sacrifice fly
to left field to score Baum and give Clemson the lead for good. Steven Duggar fisted a single down the
left-field line to reload the bases, then Steve Wilkerson grounded out to first
to score Brittle. Boulware followed with
a two-out, three-run homer over the left-field foul pole, his fourth long ball
of the season.
Trey Gross and Pickens both walked in the top
of the fifth inning. Later in the frame
with two outs, Mocahbee lined a two-out double to left field to score Gross and
Baum reached with one out in the bottom of
the fifth inning on an error and advanced to third on Brittle's single to
center on a 1-2 pitch. Krieger followed
with a sacrifice fly to center to score Baum.
Clemson added an insurance run in the
eighth inning when Duggar lined a two-out single to left field to score
Krieger. Krieger earlier reached on a
one-out double down the right-field line.
Brittle led Clemson's 12-hit attack by
going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two steals.
Boulware went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, while Slaton and
Duggar also had two hits apiece. Baum
scored a game-high three runs as well.
Pickens, Burns, and Williams had two hits
apiece for Morehead State, who totaled nine hits in the contest.
Clemson and Morehead State will conclude
their two-game, midweek series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 4:00