CLEMSON - Chris Epps scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to lift Clemson to a 6-5 victory against Dayton on Wednesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers improved to 7-0, while the Flyers fell to 4-4. It was the first meeting between the two schools.
The Flyers scored three runs in the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead thanks in part to two Clemson errors, but Clemson tied the score with two outs in the eighth inning on a wild pitch. The Tigers scored again with two outs in the 10th inning to pull out the one-run win.
In the 10th inning, Epps led off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, with an 0-2 count on Jeff Schaus, Epps moved to third on another wild pitch. Schaus struck out, then, with Kyle Parker at the plate, Mitchem threw his third wild pitch of the inning and fourth of the game to allow Epps to score the game-winning run.
Senior righthander Tomas Cruz (1-0), the last of nine Tiger pitchers, earned the win with a scoreless 10th inning. Freshman righthander Jonathan Meyer was also key, pitching three scoreless innings of one-hit ball late in the game.
The Tigers, who outhit Dayton 13-6, were led at the plate by Parker, who went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs, and two runs. Brad Miller went 3-for-5 with a steal, while Schaus went 2-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base.