Tyler Slaton's two-run homer in the fourth inning propelled the Clemson Tigers over the Georgia Southern Eagles Wednesday evening at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro. The Eagles and Tigers split the two-game series.
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STATESBORO, Ga. – Tyler Slaton hit a two-run homer in the
fourth inning as the Clemson Tigers rallied to split a two game mid-week series
with the Georgia Southern Eagles with a 5-4 victory on Wednesday.
Georgia Southern (17-5) led 4-3 after Ben Morgan drew a
bases loaded walk, and Aaron Palmer's fielder's choice drove in two runs in the
third inning. The Eagles struck first in the contest, Stryker Brown scoring in
the first inning on a Chase Griffin double.
The game featured four lead changes in the first four
innings. Clemson (13-7) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second after Brown
dropped a fly ball in the outfield. Brown drew a bases loaded walk in the
bottom half of the frame to tie the contest at 2-2.
“We got a good effort from all three pitchers,” Head Coach
Rodney Hennon said. “There were a couple of mistakes — a ball out there in
left field where we had a chance to finish an inning off and the balk and wild
pitch — but overall we played pretty good baseball for two games. We had
opportunities, but we weren't able to get that big hit today.”
Drew Moyer came on in relief of Tiger starter Brody Koerner
and tossed four scoreless frames to earn his first win of the season. Moyer
(1-0) allowed two hits and walked two batters while striking out three.
The Clemson bullpen combined to allow just two Eagle hits
over the final 6.2 innings. Matt Campbell walked the lead off batter in the
ninth inning but struck out Hunter Thomas to retire the side and earn his
fourth save of the season.
“We had men on base today, and we had opportunities,” Hennon
Eric Alonzo allowed three runs over 4.1 innings and struck
out four batters. Alonzo (2-2) suffered the loss after Mike Triller dropped a
one-out single down the line in right field before Slaton's homer.
Caleb Pressey made his first start of the season for the
Eagles and allowed two unearned runs on a pair of walks and two hits. Pressey
struck out one batter over two innings.
Baseball remains at home this weekend and hosts future Sun
Belt and current SoCon member Appalachian State in a three-game set. Promotions
for the weekend include a #TrueBlue Out on Friday, Kids Take Over the Game Day
on Saturday and Junior Eagle Club Day on Sunday.