CLEMSON, S.C. - The Morehead State baseball team relinquished a lead to Clemson for the second straight game on Wednesday afternoon, falling 5-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers improved to 13-7 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 7-14. MSU was only out-hit in the contest by one, 10-9, but it stranded 10 runners on base to Clemson’s six.
“I felt like we competed well this week, and proved we can play with anyone in the country,” said Head Coach Mike McGuire. “We just need to build on this as we head back into conference play this weekend.”
Clemson got out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single to left field from sophomore catcher Garrett Boulware.
The Eagles tied it up in the top of the third when Rowan baseball falls 14-4 at Boyd sophomore center fielder Duran Elmore scored on a Clemson fielding error.
MSU took its first lead of the game in the top of the fifth when sophomore catcher Chris Robinson drove in senior left fielder Taylor Pickens on an RBI single to right field. The lead was short-lived, however, as CU tied it at two in the bottom of the fifth.
The Tigers retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth, 3-2, driving in one on an RBI single from junior first baseman John McGibbon.
They added on two more in the eighth to extend the lead to 5-2 to close out scoring.
MSU freshman righthander Matt Anderson only gave up four hits and two earned runs while striking out six in 5.1 innings, but fell to 0-3 with the loss.
Clemson senior righty Jonathan Meyer (1-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen.
“Matt pitched a great game for us, and gave us a chance to win,” McGuire said. “I felt like we swung the bats well, but we failed to get down a couple of bunts that could have put us in better position to score.”
Robinson went 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Eagles. Senior shortshop Chase Greenwell (2-for-4) and junior designated hitter Bobby Burns (2-for-4) also picked up multiple hits, while Pickens recorded two walks and a single.
The Eagles return to Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend, with a three-game home series against Southeast Missouri. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m., while the contests on Saturday and Sunday are both set for 1 p.m.