CLEMSON – West Virginia scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning and rolled to a 6-1 victory against Clemson Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Mountaineers (2-1) won the season-opening series, 2-1.
Clemson (1-2) lost the first game of the series 2-0 on Friday before rebounding to win the second game on Saturday 4-2.
West Virginia jumped out to early 1-0 lead on Sunday when Shaun Corso hit a solo home run off Clemson starter Brody Koerner (0-1).
The Mountaineers extended their lead to 4-0 with three unearned runs in the fifth inning. Koerner, a junior right-hander who struck out a career-high batters and allowed just three hits over four innings, was replaced by freshman Charlie Barnes to start the fifth and walked Brad Johnson to start the inning.
The Mountaineers’ Jackson Cramer followed with a single, then Justin Fox reached on a throwing error on his sacrifice bunt, allowing Johnson to score. Taylor Vetzel replaced Barnes and retired Corso on a foul ball, but Cramer scored on a groundout by Kyle Davis and Ray Guerrini followed with an RBI single to right for a 4-0 lead.
West Virginia’s lead swelled to 5-0 in the seventh on KC Huth’s RBI double before Clemson got a run back in the bottom half on consecutive singles by Chris Okey, Weston Wilson and Reed Rohlman.
Chad Donato (1-0) picked up the win for West Virginia, allowing seven hits, one run and one walk with six strikeouts over six innings.
Clemson stranded 18 runners in its two losses and batted 2 for 12 (.167) with runners in scoring position. Tyler Krieger went 3 for 3 for the Tigers, raising his batting average to .600 this season.
The Tigers are back in action Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Charleston Southern at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Fans who purchase one adult-seat ticket will receive an additional reserved-seat ticket free of charge.