Walk off win
CLEMSON – It didn’t come easy, but Clemson earned their seventh straight win overall against Presbyterian College in front of a crowd of 4,613 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Wednesday night.
Clemson jumped on board early in the first inning, on a Shane Kennedy RBI fielder’s choice to shortstop, scoring Tyler Slaton from third base.
Clemson lengthened their lead to 2-0 on a Tyler Slaton sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Jon McGibbon from third.
Presbyterian threatened in the third inning when Brad Zebedis walked, advanced to second on a Brandon Paul single, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Zebedis was left stranded on third after a Cam McRae fly out to left field.
Presbyterian finally got on the board in fifth inning, courtesy of an Aaron Preston RBI groundout to second base, scoring Billy Motroni from third.
Clemson responded in the bottom half of the fifth with a Garrett Boulware solo home run to left field, increasing the lead to 3-1. It was Boulware’s sixth home run of the season.
Clemson loaded the bases, and was poised to bust the game wide open, but pinch hitter Jay Baum grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with bases load to end the Tigers’ threat.
Presbyterian came right back out in the sixth and tied things up, courtesy of a sacrifice bunt by Derek Long, scoring Brandon Paul from third. Jay Lazanich then hit an RBI triple to deep right field to score Ryan Hagan from second.
After a Brad Zebedis RBI sacrifice fly put Presbyterian up 4-3 in the seventh, Tyler Krieger tripled to deep center field, and then scored on wild pitch to tie the game at 4.
In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Tyler Krieger once again came up in the clutch with a walk off RBI single to right field, scoring Shane Kennedy to seal the victory for Clemson 5-4.
“It was a big moment for our team. We just wanted to keep it rolling, and I’m just glad I could come through and help the team out there,” said the freshman short stop.
Head Coach Jack Leggett said this team has really grown up over this current winning streak.
“We are (growing up). We’re finding ourselves in a lot of tough ball games, but we came out on top tonight. Tyler Krieger had a good night for us, (Steven) Duggar had a good night for us. Our freshmen played really well for us,” said Leggett.
Clemson now turns their attention to a weekend home series against Wake Forest. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:30 P.M.
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