Clemson snapped out of its offensive funk and extended its stay here in the Columbia Regional. The Tigers beat Saint Louis 10-2 Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The win keeps them alive for at least another day.
Saint Louis scored in the first inning and was leading 1-0 in the third when the Tigers bats made their first appearance of the postseason. Steve Wilkerson launched a two run homer into the street over the right field wall to put Clemson up 2-1. Later in the same inning Shane Kennedy hit a solo homer to left to extend the lead to 3-1.
An inning later Wilkerson parked another ball over the right field wall, this one with two on base and the Tigers had a 6-1 lead. Wilkerson came into this game with two home runs all season. In the span of two innings he doubled that total and drove in five runs in the process.
Clemson added a run in the eighth and tacked on three more in the ninth to put the finish touches on the 10-2 win.
**Press conference includes Daniel Gossett, Steve Wilkerson, Shane Kennedy and Jack Leggett**
- Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament 26 times and has never gone 0-2.
- The win snaps a six game losing streak for the Tigers, their longest since 2008.
- Clemson will play the loser of USC and Liberty Sunday at 1:00 in another elimination game. The winner of Sunday afternoon’s game will again Sunday night against the team that wins the USC-Liberty game.
- Leggett said he will either start Matthew Crownover or Scott Firth tomorrow afternoon. Crownover was pitching well until he left a start against Florida State with and arm injury. He sat out of last week’s ACC Tournament. Firth began the season as a starter but has been the team’s closer for the past several weeks.