Buccaneers unable to hang with No. 14 Clemson

Johnson City Press • Feb 26, 2019 at 8:48 PM

CLEMSON, S.C.—Backed by top-notch pitching and no shortage of offense, 14th-ranked Clemson zipped past East Tennessee State’s baseball team 14-3 on Tuesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

With the loss, ETSU dropped to 6-2 on the season. The Tigers, who have been ranked for 48 consecutive weeks in at least one of the major NCAA polls, improved to 7-1.

ETSU ran into a near-flawless outing from Clemson starter Keyshawn Askew (2-0), who tossed five innings with only one hit allowed. The Tigers’ bullpen carried the shutout into the seventh inning — when Bucs right fielder Ethan Cady unloaded a three-run home run to cap all scoring.

ETSU was held to three hits, with Cady collecting two. Jake Lyle had the other hit, clubbing a ninth-inning double.

For Clemson, which amassed 15 hits, it was Bryce Teodosio going 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs and four RBIs. Grayson Byrd, Davis Sharpe and Bryar Hawkins added two hits apiece while Logan Davidson, Byrd, Kyle Wilkie and James Parker each contributed a pair of RBIs.

Teodosio and Parker ripped back-to-back, two-run home runs to complete a seven-run Tigers sixth.

The first of six Buccaneer pitchers, Stuart Colby (1-1) allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Matthew Mercer closed with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, recording three strikeouts.

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