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