Tigers Down Monarchs, 3-1
Clemson, SC - Clemson outlasted Old Dominion 3-1 Saturday afternoon thanks to a two-run eighth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in front of 3,203 fans. Clemson improved to 4-1 while Old Dominion dropped to 2-4-1.
Jarrod Schmidt was impressive for Clemson in his first collegiate pitching appearance, yielding one run on four hits, walking one, and striking out three in 5.0 innings. Steve Reba was even more impressive in 3.0 innings of relief to earn the win. Reba (1-0) allowed just one hit, no runs, and no walks while striking out five. Nick Glaser pitched the final inning to record his second save. Tiger pitchers have allowed just seven runs in five games this season.
Monarch starter Shawn Weaver quieted the Tiger bats, allowing just four runs in 7.1 innings, but walked seven batters, the last of which scored and was the winning run. Weaver (1-1) suffered the loss.
Old Dominion took an early lead in the fourth inning when shortstop Tim Hummel singled and was brought home on an RBI single by Monarch first baseman Jared Musolf.
Clemson answered Old Dominion's scoring in the bottom half of the fourth. Centerfielder Patrick Boyd led off the inning with a walk. After stealing second base, Boyd advanced to third on a wild pitch by Weaver and scored on Weaver's second wild pitch of the inning. The score held at 1-1 until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Tigers took the lead for good.
Casey Stone led off the inning, drawing a walk. After advancing to second base on a Ryan Riley sacrifice bunt, Stone scored on a sharp single to centerfield by Patrick Boyd. Boyd later scored on a line drive double down the left-field line by Tiger third baseman Khalil Greene.
Through the first four games of the season, Patrick Boyd had only one hit in 17 at bats, but went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
For Old Dominion, third-baseman Jeff Eure and centerfielder Jeff Troilo each had two hits.
Clemson and Old Dominion will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 2:00.