Tigers win out in pitcher's duel, 1-0

Clemson's Chris Okey, left, waits to congratulate Steven Duggar as he scores a run in the third Inning of the Tigers' baseball game against High Point Wednesday in Clemson.

Mark Crammer Independent Mail

Clemson's Chris Okey, left, waits to congratulate Steven Duggar as he scores a run in the third Inning of the Tigers' baseball game against High Point Wednesday in Clemson. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

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.

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michtiger writes:

The 0-16 in RISP is not new. It is the thing that makes this an average team. They hit but not in clutch. Been a problem all year.

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