It didn't come easy, but stellar pitching and perfect defense added up to a 2-1 Clemson victory over Appalachian State Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, as the 14th-ranked Tigers stretched their winning streak to four games and improved their record to 10-5.
Clemson 2, App. State 1
Sophomore lefthander Zack Erwin held the Mountaineers (4-13) to two hits until the eighth inning, when ASU put two men on base with singles.
Closer Matt Campell put out the fire with a two-out strikeout, and then got two more in the ninth as Clemson held on to win.
The Tigers managed just four hits against ASU pitching, but made them count for single runs in the first and fourth innings.
In the first, Tyler Slaton led off with a single, moved to second on a groundout by Tyler Krieger, and then scored on a base hit to left field by Garrett Boulware.
The Tigers followed a similar scenario in the fourth, as Krieger led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout by Boulware, and scored on a single to left by Steven Duggar.
Appalachian State got a run back in the top of the fifth with a two-out solo home run by Ozzy Gonzalez, but could manage nothing else on its five hits.
Erwin, the winning pitcher, did not issue a walk and set a career high for innings pitched, while tying his career high for strikeouts with seven. Campbell picked up his second save of the season.
The Tigers will begin a five-game stretch of games away from home with a three-game series at Wake Forest, beginning Friday at 6 p.m.