CLEMSON, S.C. - As it had done the day before, the William and Mary baseball team struck first against Clemson, as the Tribe went ahead, 1-0, in the early stages of the fourth inning. However, the Tigers countered with runs in the late innings as Clemson defeated W&M, 12-2, on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Green and Gold falls to 1-2 overall, while Clemson upped its mark to 2-1 on the season.
Sophomore LHP Jason Inghram (0-1) recorded three strikeouts in six innings of work. Through five innings of action, the Chesapeake, Va., native was dealing, as he hadn't allowed a run to cross home plate. However, Clemson managed to plate three batters off the southpaw in the bottom half of the sixth en route to the win.
At the plate, freshman catcher Ryan Hissey tallied a hit and an RBI, while senior shortstop Ryan Williams finished the afternoon with a hit and a run batted in. Senior Kevin Nutter and sophomore Michael Katz rounded out the W&M output at the plate with a hit apiece.
For the second consecutive day, the Green and Gold got on the scoreboard first. In the top of the fourth, Katz led the inning off with a single to center field. The Falls Church, Va., native moved himself into scoring position after swiping second base. With one out, Hissey drove in the freshman All-American with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.
Clemson countered as it pushed across three runs in the bottom half of the sixth. With the contest still in doubt, the Tigers put the game out of reach as it plated six runs in the seventh. Steve Wilkerson highlighted the six run frame with a bases clearing double to left field, which pushed across three Tigers. Clemson tacked on three more insurance runs in the eighth inning, all on two-out base hits.
The Green and Gold got back on the scoreboard, as it was down to its last out in the ninth inning. After Hissey smashed a two-out double to left center field, Williams plated the West Chester, Pa., native with a double down the left field line.
Tribe baseball returns to action at Virginia on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The first pitch from Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va., is scheduled for 3 p.m.