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CLEMSON, S.C. – Logan Davidson hit his 40th career home run in Clemson’s seven-run fifth inning, as the Tigers defeated Gardner-Webb 10-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home weekend series, improved to 28-18, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs dropped to 19-23.
Kyle Wilkie lined a two-run homer, his third of the year, off the foul pole in the first inning. Clemson exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning, keyed by run-scoring singles by Davis Sharpe, Bryce Teodosio and Sam Hall along with a three-run homer by Davidson, his 13th of the season. The Runnin’ Bulldogs dented the scoreboard with two runs in the sixth inning. Pinch-hitter Chad Fairey added a run-scoring single in the eighth inning for his first career hit.
Sharpe (6-3) earned the win by allowing three hits, two runs and two walks with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Gardner-Webb starter Isaac Campbell (2-4) suffered the loss, as he gave up two runs on four hits in 4.0 innings pitched.
The home-and-home series concludes at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Photos by Melina Alberti