Clemson, SC -
Stephen Clyne pitched 5.1 scoreless innings of relief to lead #2 Clemson to an 8-3 win over Pacific Friday afternoon in front of 4,459 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Clemson, who leads the series 1-0, improved to 4-1 overall, while Pacific fell to 4-7.
Clyne (1-0) pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in relief of starter P.J. Zocchi, allowing only three hits and striking out five with one walk to earn the victory. It was a career-long outing for the Parkland, FL native, besting his previous high of 4.0 innings pitched.
Joey Centanni (0-3) surrendered five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings pitched and took the loss.
Pacific opened the scoring with a run in the third. Joe Oliveira led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Justin Baum tripled to right field, plating Oliviera.
Pacific found the scoring column again in the fourth to push the lead to 3-0. Zach Chamberlin singled through the right side to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He reached third on groundout by Erik Hamren and then scored on wild pitch. With two outs, John Joines homered to left field, putting Pacific on top 3-0. It was Joines' first homer of the year.
Clemson's comeback began when Doug Hogan hit a home run to left-center to open the fifth inning. With two outs, Brad Chalk singled to right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Hamren dropped what would have been the third out in foul territory near the left-field line, Taylor Harbin made Pacific pay for the error with a double to left-center, plating Chalk. After D'Alessio walked, Marquez Smith singled through the left side, plating Harbin to tie the score 3-3.
Stan Widmann sent a towering home run to left field in the sixth inning to put the Tigers in the lead 4-3. It was Widmann's first home run of the year. Hogan followed with a single to right-center. D.J. Mitchell then sacrificed Hogan to second. Curtis Pasma was brought in to relieve Centanni. Following Addison's Johnson's walk, Brad Chalk singled to shortstop. With the bases loaded and one out, Harbin singled to right field to score Hogan. Johnson then scored on a wild pitch, which also advanced Chalk and Harbin up a base. With two outs, Smith singled through the left side, plating Chalk and Harbin. Smith had a game-high three RBIs.
Five different Tigers had at least two hits, including three each by Chalk, Harbin, Hogan. Chalk also walked twice, meaning he reached base in all five of his plate appearances. Baum led Pacific with two hits, including a double and triple.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, Clemson and Pacific will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2:00 PM. There will be 45 minutes in between the two nine-inning games.