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Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
So. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 185
Roswell, GA

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went 4-for-4 at the plate and three Tiger pitchers combined to allow only two runs and one walk with 11 strikeouts in Clemson's 6-2 win over Elon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the two-game series, improved to 10-8 on the season. The Phoenix dropped to 12-9.

Wilkerson led off the game with a walk and scored the first of three Clemson runs in the first inning. The Phoenix never pulled closer than two runs the rest of the way, as Jonathan MeyerJonathan Meyer
Jr. RH Pitcher
#28 6-0, 180
San Diego, CA

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, Patrick AndrewsPatrick Andrews
Fr. RH Pitcher
#43 6-2, 205
Hilton Head Island, SC

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, and Mike KentMike Kent
RS So. RH Pitcher
#15 6-0, 195
Springfield, VA

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combined to allow only two of Elon's 12 baserunners to score in the game.

Meyer (1-1) pitched 5.0 effective innings to earn the win in a starting role. He gave up seven hits, one run, and no walks with five strikeouts. Kent pitched the final 2.0 innings with three strikeouts while not allowing a hit, run, or walk.

Grant McCoury (0-1), the first of three Elon hurlers, suffered the loss. He surrendered one hit, three runs, and three walks in 0.2 innings pitched. Elon pitchers combined to strand 12 Tigers on base, including seven in scoring position.

In the first inning, Wilkerson, Jason StolzJason Stolz
Sr. Infielder
#2 6-2, 205
Marietta, GA

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, and Richie ShafferRichie Shaffer
Jr. 3rd Base
#8 6-3, 205
Charlotte, NC

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led off with walks to load the bases with no outs, then Phil PohlPhil Pohl
Sr. Catcher
#9 5-11, 215
Cooperstown, NY

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lined a single to center to score Wilkerson. Brad FelderBrad Felder
Gr. Outfielder
#3 6-0, 200
Bowman, SC

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reached on a fielder's choice to first as Stolz scored and Pohl was retired at second base. Spencer KieboomSpencer Kieboom
Jr. Catcher
#22 6-0, 220
Marietta, GA

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then lined a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Shaffer, giving Clemson a 3-0 lead.

The Phoenix responded with a run in the third inning. Casey Jones led off with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch and advanced to second on Chris Bresnahan's groundout to first. Eric Serra followed with a sharp single through the right side to move Jones to third, then Jake Luce struck out. But Sebastian Gomez came through with a two-out single to center to plate Jones.

In the fourth inning, Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Fr. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 195
Cumming, GA

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led off with a single up the middle, stole second, and scored on Wilkerson's single through the right side.

Elon was poised to cut into Clemson's lead in the fifth inning, but a spectacular defensive play saved up to two runs. Bresnahan led off with a single to right-center on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Luce hit a one-out single through the right side. Two batters later with two outs, Alex Swim belted a deep drive to right field, but Felder made a diving catch near the fence to end the inning and keep the Tigers ahead 4-1.

The Phoenix broke through with a run in the sixth inning. Ryan Kinsella led off with a four-pitch walk, then Garrett Koster blooped a single to right-center. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch and Niko Fraser struck out, Jones reached on an infield single that allowed Kinsella to score.



Clemson doubled its lead with two runs in the seventh inning. Jay BaumJay Baum
Fr. Infielder
#13 5-11, 180
Alpharetta, GA

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lined a one-out single to center and advanced to second on Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
Fr. Catcher
#30 6-1, 200
Anderson, SC

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's groundout to short. Slaton then flared a two-out single to right-center to score Baum, while Slaton moved to second on the throw home. Wilkerson followed with a line-drive single to right-center to score Slaton.

Wilkerson had his second four-hit game of the season to lead Clemson's nine-hit attack. He reached base in all five plate appearances and added two RBIs along with one run. Slaton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while Shaffer added three of Clemson's seven walks.

Eight different Elon players had at least one hit to lead the Phoenix's 10-hit performance. Koster and Jones totaled two hits apiece, while Swim extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Clemson and Elon will conclude their two-game, midweek series at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC on Wednesday at 5:00 PM. The Tigers will be the designated home team and occupy the first-base dugout.


Elon 2 (12-9)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jake Luce lf.............  5  0  1  0   0  2  3  0   0
Sebastian Gomez 2b.......  5  0  1  1   0  3  4  1   0
Alex Swim c..............  4  0  1  0   0  0  7  0   4
Ryan Kinsella 1b.........  3  1  0  0   1  1  6  1   1
Garrett Koster 3b........  4  0  2  0   0  0  0  4   0
Niko Fraser cf...........  4  0  1  0   0  2  2  0   0
Casey Jones dh...........  4  1  2  1   0  1  0  0   1
Chris Bresnahan ss.......  4  0  1  0   0  0  2  2   1
Eric Serra rf............  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   2
Grant McCoury p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Ryan Pennell p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 John Antonelli p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 37  2 10  2   1 11 24 10   9

Clemson 6 (10-8)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Steve Wilkerson 2b.......  4  1  4  2   1  0  1  3   0
Jason Stolz ss...........  3  1  1  0   1  0  1  1   2
Richie Shaffer 3b........  2  1  0  0   3  1  1  1   0
Phil Pohl 1b.............  3  0  1  1   0  0  6  1   0
Brad Felder rf...........  4  0  0  1   1  1  2  0   4
Spencer Kieboom c........  4  0  0  1   0  0 11  0   1
Joe Costigan dh..........  1  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   1
 Jay Baum ph/dh..........  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Dominic Attanasio lf.....  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   3
 Garrett Boulware ph/lf..  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Tyler Slaton cf..........  4  2  2  1   0  2  3  0   1
Jonathan Meyer p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
 Patrick Andrews p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Mike Kent p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 30  6  9  6   7  7 27  8  12

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Elon................ 001 001 000 -  2 10  1
Clemson............. 300 100 20X -  6  9  0
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E - KOSTER(10). DP - Elon 1; Clemson 1. LOB - Elon 9; Clemson 12. 2B -
KOSTER(8). HBP - POHL 2. SH - STOLZ(2); BAUM(2). SF - S. KIEBOOM(2). SB -
JONES(2); SHAFFER(1); POHL(1); FELDER(3); SLATON(1).

Elon                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Grant McCoury.......  0.2  1  3  3  3  0  2  6
Ryan Pennell........  4.1  5  1  1  4  5 17 23
John Antonelli......  3.0  3  2  2  0  2 11 13

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jonathan Meyer......  5.0  7  1  1  0  5 21 21
Patrick Andrews.....  2.0  3  1  1  1  3  9 10
Mike Kent...........  2.0  0  0  0  0  3  7  7

Win - MEYER (1-1).  Loss - McCOURY (0-1).  Save - None.
WP - PENNELL(2); ANDREWS(1); KENT 2(2). HBP - by ANTONELLI (POHL); by ANTONELLI
(POHL).
Umpires - HP: Danny Everett  1B: Craig Mirr  3B: Rick Brown
Start: 6:36 PM   Time: 2:40   Attendance: 3760
PENNELL faced 2 batters in the 6th.

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