The #13 Clemson Tigers defeated Maine 13-3 on Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, giving Head Coach Jack Leggett his 1,268th career win to move into sole possession of 10th place on the Division I wins list. Leggett, a 1976 Maine graduate, moved ahead of the late Ron Fraser, who had 1,267 wins in his coaching career. The Tigers took a 2-0 series lead and improved to 4-1 overall, while the Black Bears fell to 1-4.
Clemson led 2-0 before Maine plated three unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning on Kyle Silva’s two-out, three-run double. However, the Tigers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead and blew the game open with nine more runs the rest of the way.
Clemson totaled 18 hits, its highest total since 2012. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit and 11 Tigers in all had a hit. Tyler Slaton led the way with a career-high-tying four hits, while freshman Weston Wilson hit his first career homer. Steven Duggar extended his hitting streak to 14 games as well.
“When you start hitting the ball, it gets contagious,” said Leggett. “It’s nice to have one of those games, and hopefully we can build off that.
“I’m excited about Slaton. He’s a good player for us…a hard-nosed, tough, blue-collar guy. I really like him a lot.”
Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (2-0) earned the win, allowing eight hits, three unearned runs, and one walk with four strikeouts. Maine reliever Logan Fullmer (0-1) suffered the loss.
Clemson and Maine play the series-finale on Sunday at 12:00 PM.
Story by Clemson Sports Information