Led by sophomore starter Clate Schmidt’s best outing of the season, Clemson baseball hung on to a 1-0 win over visiting High Point.
Schmidt (5-6) went six strong frames, allowing four hits with four strikeouts to extend the Tigers’ post-exams win streak to five games. In that stretch, Clemson starting pitching has given up only six earned runs in 37 2/3 innings.
High Point lefty starter Jon Carlson (1-1) almost matched him step-for-step to keep it a nailbiter at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
In his first start – and only his fifth appearance, Carlson came just an 1 2/3 innings from his season total, scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
His lone blemish came in the third, where Clemson right fielder Steven Duggar led off with a single and left fielder Garrett Boulware knocked him in on a sacrifice fly.
In the Tigers’ last two wins, they have led all but two innings – and managed to go hitless in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Clemson’s lineup missed its leader in extra-base hits (21), second baseman Steve Wilkerson, for a second-straight game with a bruised shoulder. Filling in, freshman Wren product Eli White posted his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Only senior first baseman Shane Kennedy joined him in the multi-hit category on the night (2-for-4, double).
Without a win in his last three starts, Schmidt didn’t give up a hit in his first 11 batters faced.
Things got interesting late for him – loading the bases twice before exiting.
In the fifth inning, three Panthers (25-19) reached with no out, but Schmidt fielded a groundball for a 1-2-3 double play and then induced a flyball out.
Bases juiced with two gone in the sixth, a first-pitch fielder’s choice got him out of the jam.
Clemson’s relief completed the shutout with three perfect frames – senior Matt Campbell notching his seventh save of the season.
Batting .150 with runners on, both sides left eight aboard.
Fighting for ACC Tournament position, the Tigers (30-19) head to Notre Dame for three games this weekend starting Friday at 7:30 p.m.