Clemson baseball nips HPU, 1-0
The High Point University baseball team lost 1-0 to Clemson in a pitcher’s duel on Wednesday night.
HPU graduate student Jon Carlson pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings in his first start in two seasons.
“I am extremely impressed and happy for Jon,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “This was his first start since 2012 and he showed up in a big-time situation. It is just frustrating to not get anything done when we had quality offensive situations. This was a good ball game but I would have liked to be on the other side of it.”
Carlson dropped to 1-1 on the season. The left-hander allowed just one earned run on seven hits and two walks while striking out two.
Clate Schmidt earned the win for Clemson to improve to 5-6. Schmidt pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out four. Matt Campbell pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout to earn his seventh save of the season.
High Point drops to 25-19. Clemson improves to 30-19.
Clemson scored the lone run of the game in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Boulware. Steven Duggar singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a balk and a stolen base before scoring on the Boulware sacrifice fly.
High Point’s best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs on a walk by freshman Alex Gross, a single by junior Tony Fortier-Bensen and an error on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Chris Clare. The Tigers escaped the jam unscathed thanks to a double play on a hard shot to the pitcher and a fly ball to the wall.
The Panthers once again loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth on back-to-back singles by juniors Josh Spano and Brady Williamson and a walk by Gross, but Fortier-Bensen hit a hard shot to the shortstop to end the inning.
High Point returns to action on Friday against Longwood in Farmville, Va. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.