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Erwin’s pitching gem, timely offensive support carry Clemson in 7-2 win
DURHAM, N.C. (theACC.com) – For the second straight game, Clemson received another quality pitching start in the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship. And this time, the fifth-seeded Tigers backed it with some timely hitting.
One day after scoring just one run in a loss to Florida State, Clemson jumped on top-seeded and nationally third-ranked Louisville early to claim a 7-2 victory in Thursday afternoon’s Pool A game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Tigers (32-26, 1-1 Pool A) pounded out 10 hits – four for extra bases – and built a 5-1 lead through the first two innings. Reed Rohlman and Westin Wilson drove in two runs apiece, and Steven Duggar, Tyler Krieger and Robert Jolly finished with two hits apiece.
That proved more than enough for Clemson starting pitcher Zack Erwin, who allowed just six hits while striking out 11 batters and walking none while working eight innings. The junior left-hander improved to 7-4 on the year.
The Tigers did the their damage versus Louisville All-ACC first-team pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, collecting nine hits and all seven of their runs (five earned) through the first five innings.
Clemson got to Funkhouser for three runs in the bottom of the first. A single by Duggar and a two-base error by Louisville third baseman Zach Lucas set the table for Rohlman’s two-run single. After Chris Okey doubled, Jolly followed with a run-scoring single and a 3-0 Tiger lead.
No. 8 hitter Ryan Summers’ two-out RBI double in the top of the second inning. But the Tigers countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 5-1 as Tyler Slaton led off the inning with a double and eventually scored on Duggar’s sacrifice fly, and Rohlman added an RBI single.
Clemson stuck for two more in the bottom of the fifth, with Westin Wilson’s two-run double providing a 7-1 cushion. Erwin did the rest from there, as Louisville’s final run off reliever Pat Krall came on a two-out error in the top of the ninth and was unearned.
Nick Solak went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Cardinals (43-15, 1-1 Pool A).
Clemson faces eighth-seeded North Carolina in its third game of round-robin pool play on Friday at 3 p.m. Louisville takes Friday off and will face fourth-seeded Florida State on Saturday at 11 a.m.