Blake Wright hit his seventh homer of the season and drove in six runs to lead Clemson to a 12-2 victory over East Tennessee State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Wednesday. Seven Tigers pitchers combined to limit ETSU to two runs, just one earned, in Clemson’s first home game since April 5th.
Wright delivered the big blow, a three-run homer, to break up a 1-1 tie in the third. Wright added an RBI single in the seventh and a two-run double in the eighth to cap his banner day. Max Wagner also went deep, his 13th of the season. Clemson’s lineup has been doing plenty of damage recently, scoring eight or more runs in each of the last four games, but they also got plenty of help, Wednesday. The Buccaneers issued six walks and committed four errors, leading to seven unearned runs.
Clemson (24-13) has won three in a row and five of six since being swept at Notre Dame. Wednesday’s game was the first in a five-game homestand after the Tigers had played the last eight away from home. Caden Grice (2-0) picked up the win in relief of Casey Tallent.
The Tigers return to conference play with a three-game set against ninth-ranked Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend. Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday.