Daniel Gossett's complete game shutout, three early runs beat Panthers

Gossett allowed just one runner past first base; Tigers will go for the series sweep on Sunday at noon

Baseball - Daniel Gossett

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Baseball - Daniel Gossett

With both teams suffering from power-failure at the plate, an everyday performance by Tiger ace Daniel Gossett was good enough for a complete-game shutout and a 3-0, series-clinching victory for Clemson over Pittsburgh Saturday at the Panthers' Charles Cost Field.

Gossett may not have had his absolute best stuff, but he was still able to dominate the punchless Panthers, as he gave up just three singles and one walk and struck out seven.

Now 5-0 this season, Gossett did not allow a runner past second base and only allowed one to advance past first.

He faced the minimum through four innings thanks for a pair of double plays, and avoided further trouble whenever Pitt managed to put a runner on base.

In a game that was almost over before it started for Pittsburgh (18-22, 8-12), the Tigers (24-14, 12-7) jumped on Panthers' starter TJ Zuech for three runs in the first inning.

It was the only flaw in an otherwise strong performance for Pitt's pitching, which allowed Clemson just three hits.

The Tigers opened the game with a walk by Tyler Slaton, who advanced to second on a single through the right side by Tyler Krieger. The runners advanced on a passed ball, and Zeuch loaded the bases by walking Garrett Boulware.

The Panthers got an out, and Clemson scored a run, on a grounder to first base by Steven Duggar.

Then, after Chris Okey popped up to second base, Steve Wilkerson delivered a bloop single to center field that scored both Krieger and Boulware, putting the Tigers ahead 3-0.

Scoring threats were few and far between the rest of the way, as both pitchers settled in and retired long strings of consecutive batters.

With the victory, Clemson kept pace in pursuit of Florida State in the ACC's Atlantic Division, while the Panthers slipped further behind in the Coastal Division race.

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