CLEMSON, S.C. — The Clemson Tigers scored all the runs they would need in the first inning Friday afternoon on their way to a 5-2 baseball victory over the University of Maine at Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson (3-1) posted three hits in the first inning against UMaine ace Tommy Lawrence (0-2), then received seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball from starter Daniel Gossett (1-0), who struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Tyler Slaton doubled twice and knocked in a run among nine hits for the Tigers, who are coached by former UMaine baseball and football player Jack Leggett. Garrett Bouleware singled twice.
Zach Erwin worked 1 ⅔ innings of scoreless, two-hit relief to pick up the save for Clemson.
Brian Doran stroked two singles and plated two runs to lead the Black Bear offense. Sam Balzano of Portland singled twice and scored two runs and Colin Gay added two singles for UMaine.
Lawrence allowed eight hits and five runs, all earned, in seven innings for the Bears. He fanned six and walked two. Charlie Butler pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Clemson’s first inning began with a one-out walk to Tyler Krieger, who stole second, moved to third on Boulware’s single to left and scored on Steven Duggar’s single through the middle.
One out later, Chris Okey delivered a two-run double down the left-field line.
The Tigers added a run in the second. Jon McGibbon got on base after a strikeout and wild pitch, Andrew Cox reached on a fielder’s choice, then Slaton doubled him home.
UMaine got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Balzano beat out an infield hit and advanced on Gay’s single through the left side. After Troy Black grounded out to the pitcher, Doran plated a run with a groundout.
Clemson scored in the seventh on Boulware’s RBI single, then the Bears added a run in the eighth.
Balzano and Gay stroked one-out singles, then Black grounded into a fielder’s choice before Doran delivered an RBI single. However, Steven Adam grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
UMaine and Clemson play again Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.