April 25, 2013
Clemson, S.C. -
Ranked as high as 13th in the country, the Clemson Tigers plated 12 runs on 17 base hits and capitalized on a pair of Western Carolina errors to down the Catamounts 12-1 Wednesday night in midweek nonconference action at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The loss halted WCU's eight-game winning streak while also completing the two-game series sweep for the Clemson over the Catamounts. First pitch of Wednesday night's game was delayed for over an hour and 15 minutes due to rain showers that passed through during pregame.
Sophomore infielder Bradley Strong paced the Catamount offense in the loss, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate with a single through the left side and an RBI infield bunt single in the fifth inning. With two runners aboard, Strong pushed a bunt to the right side and won the foot race to first for his second hit of the game.
Junior Dykota Spiess reached twice on a walk and a single, scoring WCU's lone run, with Dale Urquhart Jr., also reaching twice with a double down the left field line and on a base on balls. Tyler White stretched his current hitting streak to a season-long, 10-straight games with his 21st double of the season. White has now also reached base safely in 18-consecutive games for WCU.
WCU had eight batters combine for the team's nine hits on the night.
After a scoreless first inning, Clemson (28-13) scored runs in three-straight frames from the second through the fourth to grab control of the game. The Tigers scored one in the second inning before plating four in the third and fourth innings to lead 9-0 through four complete. After WCU pushed across a run in the top of the fifth, the Tigers stretched the margin out to 11 with a three-spot in the home half of the sixth inning to provide the final tally.
WCU used seven pitchers on Wednesday night with freshman Jonathan Waszak
(0-1) taking the loss after surrendering three runs on four hits through two innings of work, chased in the top of the third inning. The Wendell, N.C., native struck out the first two batters of the game. Relievers Alex Barr
and Bryce Danielson
both recorded strikeouts including two by the latter in two-thirds of an inning of work.
Freshman Thomas Young made his second appearance of the season, throwing an inning of scoreless relief, pitching around a pair of hits. Junior transfer John McClure fanned two in an inning of work in the eighth, pitching around a walk and a one-out single to strand the bases loaded.
Clemson starter Zack Erwin (3-0) silenced the red-hot Catamount bats, limiting WCU to one run on just four hits through five innings. The left-hander worked around a walk with four strikeouts as one of five Tiger pitchers. Brody Koerner also struck out four in two innings with two walks.
Six Tigers posted multiple-hit games including catcher Garrett Boulware who drove in four on a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.
Western Carolina (27-17, 15-6 SoCon) returns to the diamond for a three-game Southern Conference series this Friday through Sunday at UNCG.