Clemson’s pitching staff entered Sunday’s game against Stony Brook carrying a miniscule ERA of 0.82. Nine innings later, the Tigers had finished off a sweep of the Seawolves and lowered the staff ERA to 0.70 in their 3-1 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Bryar Hawkins’ bases-loaded walk pushed Kier Meredith across the plate with the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth. The next batter, Bryce Teodosio, supplied the insurance with an infield single that scored Davis Sharpe.
Righthander Spencer Strider started the game and delivered another clean start, surrendering no runs and striking out five in 2.2 innings. Lefthander Mat Clark gave up the lone Seawolves run, but it was unearned. The unearned run snapped Clemson’s streak of scoreless innings at 33. Closer Carson Spiers (1-0, 0.00) finished off the last 2.1 innings in scoreless fashion to pick up the win. Spiers has yet to surrender a run in 8 innings over five appearances.
Clemson’s offense is still sputtering, picking up just three hits Sunday, and scoring 21 runs over the first seven games. But the pitching has been so exceptional, it’s all the Tigers have needed to roll to a mid-week win (Furman) and a pair of weekend sweeps (Liberty, Stony Brook).
Clemson (8-0) is back in action, Tuesday, playing host to East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. before embarking on the annual series against South Carolina next weekend. Freshman Mack Anglin (0-0, 3.00) is scheduled to make his second start.