Winthrop beats Clemson 5-4 on Tuesday

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Roger Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to lead Winthrop to a 5-4 win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday. The Eagles, led by former Tiger Assistant Coach Tom Riginos (2003-10), improved to 7-3, while the Tigers dropped to 7-4.

Trailing 1-0, Winthrop scored two runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Two innings later, Gonzalez belted a two-out, opposite-field, three-run homer down the right-field line to up Winthrop’s lead to 5-1. Clemson scratched a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on Eli WhiteEli White
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’s run-scoring double. In the eighth inning, Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
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singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 and Clemson scored two runs in the frame, but it was not enough.

Junior lefty Josh Strong (2-0) earned the win by allowing five hits, two runs and four walks with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Joey Strain pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the season. Tiger starter Charlie BarnesCharlie Barnes
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Charlie Barnes
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Sumter, SC

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(1-1) suffered the loss in his first career start.

Clemson opens ACC play this weekend when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. to take on NC State in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.

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