Clemson, SC- The Winthrop baseball team lost its third game in a row, falling to Clemson 4-2 on the road Wednesday night. The Eagles fall to 13-17 on the season while the Tigers improve to 19-9.
Zach Sightler fell to 2-2 this season, giving up all four runs on five hits after pitching four scoreless innings while Clemson’s Clate Schmidt earned the win for the Tigers, giving up one run on four hits.
Winthrop’s first run came in the sixth inning as Leighton Daniels came home on an RBI single by John Menken. Daniels led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a groundout by Michael Patrick. The Eagles looked dangerous in the ninth inning, as Chad Smith scored on an error by the catcher with the bases loaded, by reliever Matt Campbell struck out the last two Eagles’ hitters to get the save.
Clemson scored all four runs in the fifth inning, after Chris Okey and Steve Wilkerson got into scoring position after Okey reached on a throwing error and Wilkerson doubled. Shane Kennedy hit a sacrifice fly to bring Okey home followed by an RBI single that allowed Wilkerson to score. Weston Wilson then came up and walked then advanced to second on a single from Tyler Slaton with both players coming home on an RBI single from Tyler Kreiger.
Clemson’s pitchers held Winthrop to just seven hits with Zac Goodno getting two.
The Eagles return home to host Radford in a three game conference series. The games are scheduled for Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at The Winthrop Ballpark.