Joe Costigan delivers, Zack Erwin slams the door, as Clemson beats BC 7-5

Daniel Gossett was the winning pitcher for the Tigers, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win series opener

Baseball - Joe Costigan

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Baseball - Joe Costigan

Until Friday, Joe Costigan's junior season hadn't been anything to write home about.

But after delivering a pair of doubles, including one that cleared the bases with what proved to be the game-winning runs, he may want to send his Naples, Fla. followers a post card from Boston.

Costigan's seventh-inning hit lifted Clemson to a 7-2 lead, and the Tigers then held on for a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Boston College in the opener of a three-game series at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Daniel Gossett, though uncharacteristically wild, picked up the win; while Kyle Schnell delivered a crucial bases-loaded strikeout to quell a three-run rally by the Eagles in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman lefthander Zack Erwin then slammed the door by retiring six straight betters in the eighth and ninth.

The victory - Clemson's third straight - boosted the Tigers to 19-11 overall and 7-6 in the ACC, while Boston College - which is playing its first home series of the season - fell to 5-24 overall and 0-12 in ACC play.

The Eagles entered the game with a 7.00 team ERA; but no one would have guessed from the starting pitching performance delivered by Hunter Gordon, who scattered seven hits, walked none, and allowed just one run in six innings.

Boston College, which led 2-0 after scoring single runs in the first and fourth innings, carried a 2-1 edge into the top of the seventh, but ran into trouble when Nate Bayuk came on to pitch.

Tyler Krieger led off with a double, Thomas Brittle walked, and Jay Baum reached on an error by Bayuk to load the bases. Krieger scored the tying run on an infield single by Tyler Slaton, and then Brittle scored the go-ahead run on a ground-out by Steven Duggar.

Baum came home on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2, and then, after John Gorman came on in relief of Bayuk, Shane Kennedy walked to load the bases. Costigan - who had just eight at-bats coming into the game - then delivered his bases-clearing double, putting Clemson in apparent command, 7-2.

The Tigers' pad didn't last long, however.

The Eagles put two runners on via a walk and an error by Clemson freshman shortstop Tyler Krieger, and then catcher Matt Pare narrowed Clemson's lead to two, 7-5, by ripping a pitch by Gossett over the right-field fence for a three-run homer.

BC went on to load the bases again, but Schnell came on and struck out the only batter he faced to end the inning.

Erwin then finished the job by retiring BC in order in the eighth and ninth.

Gossett picked up his fourth win of the season, against two losses. He allowed just three hits, but walked seven. He also had seven strikeouts.

Clemson and BC will play again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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