AUGUSTA, GA. – Tyler Krieger’s one-out single to center in the 14th inning scored Tyler Slaton for the walkoff run as Clemson defeated Maine 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 3-2 on the season. The Black Bears dropped to 1-5.
The Black Bears scored two runs after a costly Tiger error in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Chase Pinder tied the score in the fifth inning on a wild pitch and Clemson scored two runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Tyler Slaton’s go-ahead, run-scoring single, to give the Tigers the lead. Maine scored two more unearned runs in the eighth inning to tie the score 4-4.
Freshman Alex Schnell (1-0) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings to earn his first career win. Starter Zack Erwin allowed just five hits, no earned runs and no walks with five strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched, but did not factor in the decision. Charlie Butler (0-1) suffered the loss.
Game-two of the doubleheader and series-finale starts at approximately 3:20 p.m.
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