David Haselden helped hold Wright State down while the offense manufactured runs Saturday.
Game 1 - Clemson wins 4-3 in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Southpaw starter Casey Harman (5.2 IP, 4H, 1 ER, 3BB, 6Ks) went to 2-0 on the season despite a shaky 6th where he loaded the bases. Jonathan Meyer came in to get the last out of the inning but gave up a hit and was taken out in favor of Tomas Cruz, who was himself taken out with 2 outs in the 9th for Alex Frederick to get the Save.
Kyle Parker went 3-for-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Brad Miller drove in 2 Runs as well, but the Tigers were outhit 9-6 on the day.
Game 2 - We scrap and fight to an 8-6 win. We led 4-1 going into the 4th before an error by Miller allowed the first runner to get on base, who then got to 2nd on a balk call on Weismann. Stolz then made another error and the runner went to 3rd and later scored to make it 4-2. In the 5th the defense let us down again, another error by Miller and a 3 Run Homer added up to 4 unearned runs to make it 6-4 before Weismann was taken out (4.2, 5H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0BB, 4K). Why Jack took him out then, with the bases empty and 2 outs, is beyond me. I would've left him in to face the cleanup hitter with 2 outs. Kevin Kyle and David Haselden pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings to keep it within reach of Clemson batters. Catcher Phil Pohl hit a 2 run single in the 6th driving in Boyd and Miller to tie it up. In the bottom of the 8th, Brad Miller doubled and drove in Shaffer, and Stolz used a suicide squeeze to score Miller to make it 8-6.
Game 3 - Clemson jumps out to an early 5-1 lead and piles it on 12-6. Will Lamb started and didnt have his best stuff today, but got the win despite Jack taking him out too early. The same rule that applied last weekend benefitted Lamb today, as he only went 4 innings (4H, 1ER, 1BB, 2 K). The Tiger Bullpen managed to give up a 3-spot in relief because of Justin Sarratt's lack of control (0.1IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1BB, 1K) but Joseph Moorefield, Dominic Leone, and Alex Frederick quieted the Wright State bats as Clemson built up their lead.
Clemson jumped out 2-0 in the 1st inning on a Jeff Schaus RBI Single to score Mike Freeman and John Nester was walked with the bases loaded....which happened too much today and drives me nuts. In the 2nd, Jason Stolz singled and later scored on a RBI double by Brad Miller, and Miller scored later on a Sac Fly by Schaus. To top off the inning, Kyle Parker rocked one into the Chapman Grandstand to make it 5-1. Back-to-back homers by Schaus and Parker in the 4th made it 8-1 and the Tigers piled on 4 more to make it 12-6.
On the series, Kyle Parker went 5-for-11 to push his average to .435/.826/.519, 4 Runs scored (7), 2 Homers (3), 2 RBI (7). LF Jeff Schaus went 6-for-10 (.429/.667/.481) with 1 HR (1) and 6 RBI (11), and Brad Miller continued his hot hitting as well, going 5-for-11 (.381/.619/.417) with 6 Runs scored (8) and 4 RBI (4). If Miller wasn't hitting so well, he'd be on the bench with 3 errors already this season.
Leadoff batter Chris Epps is really struggling so far, batting just .118. He has worked 5 walks and scored 5 runs so far however.
So far, Casey Harman is definitely the staff ace with a 2-0 record with a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 Ks. Scott Weismann stands at 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 IP, 11H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 Ks. Both Alex Frederick and Jonathan Meyer have recorded saves out of the bullpen.
Clemson has a Wednesday afternoon game against Dayton at 4pm, and we face the Cluckers next weekend.