No. 13 Clemson Edges CofC, 7-6
Wilson Boyd, Doug Hogan and Ben Paulsen homered, and Clemson scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a throwing error as the 13th-ranked Tigers rallied for a 7-6 win over the College of Charleston before 2,083 at Patriots Point Stadium on Friday.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 5-0. Charleston, which plays host to Jacksonville State in a noon doubleheader on Saturday, fell to 4-1. Clemson plays at 3rd-ranked South Carolina at 1:30 on Saturday.
In the top of the third inning, Clemson's Stan Widmann singled with two outs and Boyd followed with a two-run homer to left to cut Charleston's lead to 3-2. Doug Hogan homered to left center on the next pitch to tie the game at 3-all.
Paulsen's solo homer to left leading off the sixth gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead. J.D. Burgess walked and eventually scored on a two-out wild pitch that extended Clemson's lead to 5-3.
Michael Kohn's towering homer to left leading off the bottom of the seventh cut Clemson's advantage to 5-4. Charleston's Austin Morgan, who reached on a one-out error, scored to tie the game at 5-5 on Mike Hentz's two-out double down the left field line. Hentz scored on a two-out throwing error by the Tigers to give Charleston a 6-5 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Clemson's Kyle Parker singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a ground out and eventually stole third. After D.J. Mitchell walked, J.D. Burgess' double to right center scored Parker to tie the game at 6-6. Mitchell scored on the play to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead on a Charleston throwing error.
Alex Martin (1-0) picked up the win for Clemson after retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh. Matt Vaughn struck out three over two scoreless innings of work for his second save. Jesse Simpson (2-1) suffered the loss.