GREENVILLE, S.C. Presbyterian College had two more hits than Clemson, but the Tigers emerged with a 12-7 victory over PC before 5,019 at Fluor Field at the West End on Wednesday evening. It was PC’s first ever appearance at Greenville’s downtown facility.

 

PC had 17 hits to Clemson’s 15 in the game. The Blue Hose outscored the Tigers 7-6 in the final eight innings, but PC was in the end done in by a six-run first inning for the Tigers.

 

After placing runners in scoring position in the top of the first things did not go exactly as PC planned in the bottom of the first frame with the Tigers plating six runs to take an early 6-0 lead.

 

Casey Carlson (Lexington, S.C.) earned the Blue Hose back a run in the top of the second when he scored on an error by the Clemson shortstop to pull the Blue Hose within five at 6-1.

 

Clemson earned the run and added one more in the bottom of the second to take an 8-1 lead.

 

PC continued the scoring onslaught between the two teams in the top of the third inning by scoring two runs. Cory Lyda (Simpsonville, S.C.) first scored for the Blue Hose on a wild pitch by Clemson starting pitcher Trent Rothlin. Lyda had reached base after being hit by Rothlin.

 

Carlson then laced a single to right field to score Jared Combs (Pooler, Ga.) and set the score at 8-3 in favor of the Tigers.

 

The Tigers pushed their lead back to seven by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the frame on a two-out double by Ben Paulsen. The Tigers added one more run in the inning to go ahead 11-3.

 

The two teams would not score any more runs over the next three innings before Kyle Craven (Savannah, Ga.) doubled to right field to place a runner in scoring position for PC. Craven was able to score a few minutes later on a wild pitch.

 

In the top of the eighth, Zac Rhinesmith (Acworth, Ga.) singled to start the inning. PC head coach Elton Pollock then called a beautifully executed hit and run that put Rhinesmith almost at second before the pitch. At the same time, Robbie Anders (Greenville, S.C.) was at the plate and appropriately hit the ball over the outstretched hands of the Clemson third baseman to score Rhinesmith all the way from first and set the score at 11-5 in the Tigers’ favor.

 

Combs then belted a two-run home run over Fluor Field’s “Green Monster” to pull the Blue Hose back to within four at 11-7. The home run was Combs’ team-best sixth of the 2008 season.

 

Greenville’s “Green Monster” is an exact replica of Boston’s 30-foot high wall in left field, meaning that Combs’ home run went at least 330 feet.

 

The Tigers added one more in the bottom of the eighth to earn the five-run victory.

 

Lyda and Rhinesmith led the Blue Hose on the day with three hits each. Lyda was 3-for-4 with one run scored, while Rhinesmith was 3-for-5 with one run scored.

 

In total, PC had five players with multiple hits en route to the 17 total hits. Steven Henry (Hoschton, Ga.) was 2-for-4, Jesse Harmon (Newberry, S.C.) was 2-for-5 and Carlson was 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.

 

Combs finished his day 2-for-4 with two RBIs on the home run and two runs scored overall.

 

The Blue Hose next continue their tours of Greenville's in the Carolinas by traveling to Greenville, N.C. for a three-game series with East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

 

The Blue Hose and Pirates will open up the three-game series with a 7 p.m. game on Friday, April 25 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

 

The two teams will then play a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. The Blue Hose and Pirates have only met once before on the diamond, squaring off against one another in the 1963 season. The Pirates won the contest to hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series.