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CLEMSON – The Clemson Tigers' struggles continued Tuesday night as they lost to the Presbyterian Blue Hose by a final score of 8-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Blue Hose jumped on top of the Tigers in the the first inning, plating two runs on three hits.

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The Tigers came back in the bottom half of the second inning after a walk to Michael Green, and Bryce Teodosio's two-run home run – his ninth of the season – which tied the game 2-2.

The Blue Hose scored in the top of the third inning, following three walks by starting Clemson pitcher Brooks Crawford. A one-out single by Johnny Cook then pushed the Blue Hose lead to 4-2.

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The Tigers continued to claw their way back, as Grayson Byrd homered to right field and cut the Blue Hose lead to 4-3. The Tigers long-ball barrage kept coming in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Jordan Greene and Justin Hawkins went for back-to-back solo home runs, giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead before a sacrifice fly by Sam Hall extended the lead to 6-4.

The Blue Hose plated a single run in the top of the sixth inning before a three-run seventh inning gave PC an 8-6 lead.

Clemson came within one run in the bottom of the seventh, as Hall doubled, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly from Logan Davidson to cut the Blue Hose lead to 8-7.

Clark Dearman (3-3) earned the win by allowing just one run on four hits in 4-and-1-third innings pitched. Cook pitched the final 1-and-2-thirds innings to record his second save of the season. Luke Sommerfeld (0-2) suffered the loss.

Tiger tracks

• Clemson, with an 18-10 home record, split a home-and-home weekend series with Gardner-Webb last weekend.

• The Tigers are averaging 6.6 runs per game and hitting .265 with a .366 on-base percentage and 82 steals.

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• The Tigers had four members of the team named to the NCBWA first balloting for All-American honors, including the following: relief pitcher Carson Spiers, utility player Davis Sharpe, starting pitcher Mat Clark and shortstop Logan Davidson.

Up next

The Tigers host The Citadel at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at home.

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.

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