SHELBY, N.C.--The Clemson Tigers had their two-game winning streak halted Sunday, as they dropped the second game of a two-game series with the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs by a final score of 9-7 at Keeter Stadium. The loss marked the first win by the Runnin' Bulldogs over the Tigers, who entered the game with a 10-0 record against the Runnin' Bulldogs.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. After Sam Hall walked to open the game, Logan Davidson's single moved him to moved him to third base and he was plated two batters later on Kyle Wilkie's groundout.
The Runnin' Bulldogs broke through in the third inning, as they plated six runs on five hits--including a two-run home run by Ben LaSpaluto that gave the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead.
The Runnin' Bulldogs were not finished with their scoring barrage, as they plated two additional runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on two hits that extended the lead to 8-1.
The Tigers finally stopped the bleeding in the top of the fifth inning, as a Davidson two-out double and single by Byrd plated a run for the Tigers and cut the lead to 8-2.
The Runnin' Bulldogs answered with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning, before the Tigers cut the lead to 9-3 with another single-run inning in the top of the sixth inning.
The Tigers added an additional run in the top of the eighth on Justin Hawkins two-out single.
The Tigers added three runs in the top of the ninth on a single by Kyle Wilkie, a wild pitch and an error.
Jacob Hennessy took the loss for the Tigers, as he went only 2.2 innings and allowed six earned runs. Landon Mitchell earned the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as he completed six innings and allowed only three runs.
• Sunday's game marks Clemson's first ever game at Shelby, N.C.
• Clemson had scored at least six runs in six straight games
The Tigers are averaging 6.5 runs per game and hitting .261 with a .363 on-base percentage and 80 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA, .239 opponents’ batting average and 2.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .970.
The Tigers return home for a two-game home stand, as they play host to Presbyterian College Tuesday (6 p.m.) and The Citadel Wednesday (6 p.m.).