Late-game explosion beats Maine 13-3, as younger Tigers get their chance

Clemson will go for the series sweep at noon on Sunday

Clemson's  Tyler Slaton, center, scores as Maine catcher Jonathan Salcedo retrieves the ball following a wild pitch by Jake Marks (55) during their baseball game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson on Saturday.


Mark Crammer Independent Mail

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Clemson's Tyler Slaton, center, scores as Maine catcher Jonathan Salcedo retrieves the ball following a wild pitch by Jake Marks (55) during their baseball game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson on Saturday. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

Persistence at the plate paid off for the Clemson baseball team on Saturday, and when the Tigers' bats caught fire the result was a 13-3 romp past over Maine before a crowd of 5,902 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson will go for the series sweep on Sunday in a noon game.

“When you start hitting the ball, it gets contagious,” said Clemson coach Jack Leggett, whose team pounded out 18 hits, the Tigers' highest total since 2012. “It’s nice to have one of those games, and hopefully we can build off that."

The Tigers, after missing several early scoring opportunities, trailed 3-2 when the Black Bears struck for a bases-loaded double in the top of the fifth inning.

From that point, it was all Clemson, as the Tigers scored 11 unanswered runs over a four-inning span.

Maine left the door open repeatedly for the Tigers, first by stranding five baserunners in the first four innings, and then my committing three errors, which led to three unearned Clemson runs.

Sophomore lefthander Matthew Crownover picked up his second win of the season, with relief help from Clate Schmidt and freshmen Drew Moyer and Alex Bostic.

Leadoff man Tyler Slaton led Clemson's 18-hit attack by going 4-for-6 with a pair of RBIs, while Tyler Krieger had three hits. Freshman Weston Wilson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Eleven Tigers had hits in the game, and eight players batted in runs.

“I’m excited about Slaton," said Leggett."He’s a good player for us…a hard-nosed, tough, blue-collar guy. I really like him a lot.”

The victory was the 1,268th of Leggett's coaching career, which moved him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time Division 1 wins list.

With the victory, Clemson improved to 4-1, while Maine - which will play its first 25 games on the road - fell to 1-4.

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