Freshman shortstop Tyler Krieger tripled and scored the tying run in the eighth inning, then an inning later lined a two-out, 0-2 pitch down the right-field line for a walkoff RBI single to lift No. 22 Clemson a 5-4 win over Presbyterian College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night.
It was the seventh win in a row for the Tigers (23-11)
Krieger, who batted ninth in the lineup, went 4-for-5. He never had tallied more than two hits in a game.
Matt Campbell (1-1) pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for Clemson.
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Tigers starter Brody Koerner tossed a career-long 52/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Chad Sanders (3-2), the third of four Blue Hose hurlers, allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in one inning.
The Tigers led 3-1 before the Blue Hose scored two runs with the help of three Clemson errors in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Aaron Preston lined a one-out triple down the right-field line in the seventh inning and scored on Brad Zebedis’ sacrifice fly to give Presbyterian a 4-3 lead.
Clemson next will host Wake Forest in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday.
Note: 2 outs, 3 runners LOB when game ended.
E—Zebedis (3); Motroni (6); Wilkerson (10); Koerner 2 (3). DP—PC 1. LOB—PC 6; Clemson 14. 2B—Zebedis (7); Motroni (3). 3B—Preston (1); Lizanich (1); Krieger (1). HR—Boulware (6). HBP—McGibbon. SH—Chong (4); McRae (2); Long (3). SF—Zebedis (6); Slaton (3). SB—Kennedy 2 (8); Duggar (5); Krieger (3). CS—Slaton (2); Kennedy (3).
Byrum faced 2 batters in the 5th.
Sanders faced 1 batter in the 9th.
WP—Byrum (3); Sanders (3); Koerner (2). HBP—by Ricchi (McGibbon). BK—Morris (1). Umpires—HP: Craig Mirr 1B: Jeremy Dupree 3B: David Savage. T—2:47. A—4,613.