Sophomore left-handers Matthew Crownover and Zack Erwin combined for 13 strikeouts, and sophomores Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar had three hits apiece to lead No. 13 Clemson to a 5-3 win over Eastern Michigan at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers evened the series and improved to 1-1 on the season. The Eagles fell to 1-1.
“We hit the ball really well today,” Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. “I thought Crownover and Erwin pitched well. We played good defense and we had some timely hits. There are going to be a lot of games like this.”
The Tigers took the lead for good with two runs in the third inning.
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Crownover (1-0) earned the win by striking out a career-high nine batters in five innings. He yielded four hits, one earned run and no walks.
Erwin gave up three hits, no earned runs, and no walks with four strikeouts to record his first save of the season. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters.
Eagle starter Sterling Sharp (0-1) gave up six hits, three runs, and two walks with two strikeouts in 22/3 innings.
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers broke through with a run in the second inning. Duggar’s leadoff double to right extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Jon McGibbon drew a one-out walk, then Jay Baum ripped an 0-2 pitch to center for a single to score Duggar. Andrew Cox’s single loaded the bases with one out, but the Tigers failed to take the lead, as Tyler Slaton’ deep drive to left-center was tracked down by Dae Bowden to end the inning and save three runs.
Krieger’s single, Garrett Boulware’s double, and Duggar’s single scored two runs in the third inning to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead, then Clemson added a run to its lead in the fourth inning when Krieger laced a single to left-center to score Weston Wilson, who led off the inning with a single for his first career hit.
Krieger and Duggar both went 3-for-4 to pace Clemson’s 10-hit attack, while Krieger had a game-high two RBIs. The Tigers went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position and put five of their eight leadoff batters on base, four of whom scored.
|Rubino ss||4||0||2||1||Slaton cf||4||0||0||0|
|Wilson cf||4||0||0||0||Krieger ss||4||1||3||2|
|Ott rf||4||1||1||0||Boulwre dh||4||1||1||1|
|Longo 1b||4||1||2||1||Duggar rf||4||1||3||1|
|Sonabnd c||4||0||0||0||Okey c||4||0||0||0|
|Dennisn dh||4||0||1||1||McGbbn 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Gilmore 3b||2||1||1||0||Baum 3b||3||0||1||1|
|McGein ph||1||0||0||0||Cox lf||2||1||1||0|
|Rotola 2b||4||0||0||0||Triller lf||0||0||0||0|
E—Longo (1); Lavoie (1); Crownover (1). DP—EMU 1. LOB—EMU 5; Clemson 7. 2B—Longo (2); Boulware (1); Duggar (1). HBP—Gilmore; Cox. SB—Rubino 2 (2); Dennison (1); Gilmore (1); Krieger (2); Duggar (3). CS—Cox (1).
|Sharp, L 0-1||22/3||6||3||3||2||2|
|Crownover, W 1-0||5||4||2||1||0||9|
|Erwin, S 1||4||3||1||0||0||4|
WP—Lavoie (1); Crownover (1). HBP—by Crownover (Gilmore); by Lavoie (COX). PB—OKEY 2 (2). Umpires—HP: Danny Everett 1B: David Savage 3B: Jeremy Dupree. T—3:00. A—5,229