Gamecocks down Tigers 4-1 in game two of Reedy River Rivalry

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Tyler Krieger has six multi-hit games so far this season
Tyler Krieger has six multi-hit games so far this season

GREENVILLE – Clemson’s bats were as cold Saturday as they were hot on Friday.

The Tigers pounded out three home runs in an 11-4 win over South Carolina at home on Friday but managed just seven hits and one run as the No. 10 Gamecocks evened the Reedy Rivalry series with a 4-1 victory at Greenville’s Fluor Field.

Clemson (6-3) was 5-for-12 with runners in scoring positions and had two two-out hits Friday night at Doug Kingsmore, but was only 3-of-13 and had no hits with two outs and stranded eight in Saturday’s loss

South Carolina (7-2) starter Jack Wynkoop pitched six innings giving up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Like they did on Friday, the Tigers got on the board in the first. Reed RohlmanReed Rohlman
RS Fr. Outfielder
#26 6-0, 210
Moore, SC

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laced a one-out single in the top of the first, and Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
Jr. Infielder
#3 6-1, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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followed that with a double that skipped over the third base bag and into left field for a run-scoring double and 1-0 lead.

The Gamecocks got to starter Zack ErwinZack Erwin
Jr. LH Pitcher
#33 6-5, 195
Duluth, GA

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in the bottom of the second, plating three runs for a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the third, South Carolina didn’t hit the ball hard but hit it in the right spot to score another run for a 4-1 lead through the first third of the game.

Erwin settled in after the third inning and continued on to pitch six-and-a-third innings and giving up four runs – three earned – on seven hits and striking out five.

Clemson missed a golden opportunity to get back into the game in the sixth. South Carolina starter, Wynkoop, had retired 15 of 16 batters before giving up back-to-back walks and a bloop single to Duggar with one out. With the bases loaded, however, Chris OkeyChris Okey
So. Catcher
#25 5-11, 195
Mount Dora, FL

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struck out and Weston WilsonWeston Wilson
So. Infielder
#8 6-3, 195
High Point, NC

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grounded out to third to end the threat as the Gamecocks held onto their 4-1 lead.

The Tigers loaded the bases again in the seventh only to come up empty again. Chase PinderChase Pinder
Fr. Infielder
#5 5-10, 175
Poquoson, VA

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Chase Pinder
# 6-0, 165
Poquoson, VA

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reached second on an error by the third baseman and advanced to third on a single by Andrew CoxAndrew Cox
RS So. Outfielder
#6 6-0, 215
Belton, SC

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. Cox took second on a wild pitch and Eli WhiteEli White
So. Infielder
#4 6-2, 185
Easley, SC

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loaded the bases on an infield single to third, but South Carolina reliever Clarke Schmidt – brother of Clemson pitcher Clate SchmidtClate Schmidt
Jr. RH Pitcher
#32 6-1, 205
Acworth, GA

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– would not be undone. Schmidt struck out Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
Sr. Outfielder
#18 5-8, 200
Cumming, GA

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and Rohlman grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The teams will conclude the series Sunday at South Carolina at noon.

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