Daniel Gossett dominates, Tigers cruise, 8-0, over Notre Dame, evening series

Clemson's junior righthander allows just four hits, strikes out 11, while improving to 7-0

Clemson's Daniel Gossett (23) pitches against Maine.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson's Daniel Gossett (23) pitches against Maine.

In times of trouble, just hand the ball to Daniel Gossett and send him to the mound.

The Tiger junior delivered in typical and dependable fashion on Saturday afternoon, as he pitched Clemson to an 8-0 shutout victory over Notre Dame and evened the teams' series at 1-1 going into Sunday's finale at Frank Eck Field in South Bend.

Clemson, fighting for its NCAA tournament life after losing to the 206th-ranked Irish (RPI) on Friday, rode Gossett's pitching and scrapped together enough runs to win easily.

The Tigers scored their first three runs on a third-inning gift when, after having a runner thrown out at the plate, they loaded the bases with two outs. Tyler Krieger hit what appeared to be a routine grounder to third base, but the ball was booted by Irish third baseman Kevin DeFillipis, allowing a run to score.

DeFillipis then retrieved the loose ball, hurriedly looked to throw to first, but then held up. The ball slipped from his grasp, the Tigers kept running, and by the time the play had ended, three Clemson runs had scored.

That would prove to be all Gossett needed.

The Tigers added a pair of runs in the fifth, when Shane Kennedy led off with a double to left and scored on a double by Tyler Slaton. Krieger followed with a base hit, scoring Slaton and putting the Tigers on top 5-0.

Clemson sealed its victory with a three-run eighth, as Krieger led off with a double and scored on a single by Steve Wilkerson, who, after moving to second when Jay Baum walked, scored on a base hit by Jon McGibbon. Weston Wilson followed with an RBI single, putting the Tigers on top 8-0.

Gossett (7-0) allowed just four hits, struck out 11 and walked just one. He threw 119 pitches in his complete-game victory.

Clemson's 12-hit total included two each by Krieger, Wilkerson and Kennedy.

The Tigers, now 31-21 overall and 13-12 in the ACC, will go for the series victory at noon on Sunday.

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