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Tigers Top Terriers 6-3

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Clemson baseball earned another win over an instate foe, downing Wofford Tuesday night.

Clemson's Doug Kingsmore stadium during a night game
Matt Goldin

The Wofford Terriers got things going early on a chilly, wet Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, scoring a pair of runs on a two out double by first baseman Andrew Orzel. Orzel sent it deep to right where it was just out of the reach of Seth Beer. Beer made a quick recovery, and was able to throw Orzel out as he attempted to stretch his double to a triple, ending the top of the first.

The Tigers were able to cut the lead in half when Drew Wharton scored Patrick Cromwell on a RBI ground out in the bottom of the fourth. The Terriers were able to strike back in the fifth thanks to shortstop Alex Malsch. Malsch hit a blooper to shallow right that was caught by Chris Williams, however a charging Seth Beer wasn't able to stop his momentum and collided with Williams, forcing him to drop the ball. Malsch was able to advance to third. The play was ruled as a double with Malsch advancing to third on the throw. Both Beer and Williams were okay after the collision. Malsch scored later in the inning on a sac fly to centerfield.

Some big hitting and a lot of walks got the Tigers back in business. In the sixth, junior second baseman Justin Hawkins homered to left center to cut the lead to one. The next inning, Logan Davidson followed that up with his own solo shot, tying the game at 3-3. Terrier pitching proceeded to walk three straight batters, the Robert Jolly brought Seth Beer on what looked to be a routine catch for leftfielder Mack Nathanson, but Nathanson proceeded to drop it, letting Beer score and giving Clemson their first lead of the game. Drew Wharton Justin Hawkins each forced a walk from Ty Reginilli to bring in two more runs for the Tigers. Reginilli struck out Kyle Wilkie and forced a pop out from Bryce Teodosio, who led off the inning by flying out, but the damage was done. Clemson scored an impressive four runs on just one hit in the seventh, and led the game 6-3.

The Tigers got a pair of runners in scoring position in the eighth after a one out Patrick Cromwell double moved Beer to third, but a pair of web gems from Wofford stranded the pair. Third baseman Max McDougald made an outstanding grab into the Terrier dugout to get Chris Williams for out number two, then center fielder Brett Rodriguez made a jumping catch to get Robert Jolly out and end the inning.

The T-Dogs had no answer for Carson Spiers in the ninth who forced a ground out and struck out a pair to clinch the 6-3 Tiger victory. Clemson moves to 11-1 on the season and remain undefeated at home. Wofford drops to 6-6.

The Tigers will be back in action Wednesday night, facing the Michigan State Spartans in Greenville at Flour Field. The game is the second half of a double header. Game one will feature Wofford taking on Boston College. Like the game with South Carolina this past Saturday, the tilt with the Spartans will not have any video streaming. Audio coverage can be found on the Clemson Tigers Radio Network, and on Tiger Cast at ClemsonTigers.com