CLEMSON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team fell to 12th-ranked Clemson, 8-4, on Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers go to 17-3 on the season with their eighth straight victory, while Blue Hose fall to 11-9 on the year, as they prepare for their first conference series of the season later this week.
The Blue Hose outhit the Tigers, 10-9, with eight different players recording a hit. Weston Jackson led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Peter Johnson went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Tyler Weyenberg went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games heading into conference play.
Clemson starter Jake Higginbotham (3-0) earned the victory, allowing one run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. PC starter David Sauer (2-2) was tagged with the loss despite a solid outing, allowing four runs on five hits in 5.0 innings pitched with three strikeouts. PC used six pitchers in the game, while Clemson used five in the midweek, non-conference contest.
PC continued its early inning success with a run in the top of the first. Auckland led off the inning with a single up the middle and later moved to second on a wild pitch. A groundout to second moved him to third, before Jackson drove him in with his 10th double of the season to put PC up 1-0.
Clemson tied the game with a run in the bottom half. A leadoff walk followed by a groundout to second put a runner on second with one out. After a strikeout, Seth Beer singled to left center to score the runner and tie the game at 1-1.
Pitching prevailed over the next three innings to keep both teams off the board. PC and Clemson each put at least one runner on in the second, third and fourth but both pitchers were able to work out of each inning with no damage done.
Clemson broke the game open in the fifth. Reed Rohlman reached on a hit-by-pitch with one out and two batters later Beer was intentionally walked with two outs. Weston Wilson followed with the big hit hitting a three-run home run to left to give Clemson a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers added two runs in the sixth. Back-to-back walks and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one out. A fielder’s choice to third erased the runner on third, 5-2, and put runners on the corners with two outs. Rohlman delivered the blow this time with a double to right to score both runners and make it a 6-1 lead.
PC threatened in the both in the sixth and seventh innings. A two-out triple by Midkiff and a walk and stolen base by Avery put runners on second and third but a fly out to center ended the inning. The Blue Hose loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs but a sharp line drive right to the second baseman ended it.
Clemson tacked on two runs in the eighth on a two-RBI single by Chase Pinder to extend the lead to 8-2.
PC attempted a rally in the ninth, plating three runs. Colton Chapman pinch hit to lead off the inning and hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left, to cut it to 8-2. Guy Casaceli pinch hit two batters later and drew a walk, before Jackson reached on a hit-by-pitch to put two on with one out. A wild pitch allowed both runners to move up ninety feet, putting them at second and third. An RBI groundout by Priaulx scored Casaceli and an RBI single by Johnson plated the second for the eventual final score of 8-4.
Wilson went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs to lead Clemson, while Rohlman was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Pinder also scored twice and drove in two runs to aid the Tigers to its eighth straight victory.
PC begins conference play on Thursday at Gardner-Webb in the first game of a three-game series. The action is slated to begin at 6 p.m.