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Clemson Tops Liberty 5-3 in Season Opener

February 14, 2020  Clemson, S.C.  RSS
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Second baseman Will Wanger

Second baseman Will Wanger

The Clemson Tigers edged the Liberty Flames 5-3, Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the 2020 season opener for both teams.

Liberty drew 11 bases on balls in the game, but was unable to take advantage of the free passes.

The Flames move to 0-1 on the year, while Clemson drops to 1-0.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (0-1); Clemson (1-0)
Location: Clemson, S.C. (Kingsmore Stadium)
Attendance: 4,657
WP: Geoffrey Gilbert (1-0)  | LP: Mason Meyer (0-1) I SV: Carson Spiers (1)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 4th  INNING – Wikinson walks, McDyre scores, 1-0
CLEMSON - 4th INNING – Hall homers, 1-1
CLEMSON – 5th INNING – Hackenberg singles, Meredith scores, 2-1
CLEMSON – 6th INNING – Hall scores on a throwing error by catcher, 3-1
CLEMSON – 6th INNING – Henderson singles, Teodosio scores, 4-1
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Guy reaches on a fielder's choice, Highfill scores on a muffed throw, 4-2
CLEMSON – 8th INNING – Parker singles, Starbuck scores, 5-2
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Betts reaches on fielding error, Guy scores, 5-3

Notable Numbers
- Clemson outhit Liberty, 10-4, in the contest. The Tigers committed four errors, while the Flames made two.
- The Flames drew 11 walks in the contest, including eight through the first five innings of play. Tigers walked seven times in the game.
- Liberty left 17 men on base, including 12 through the first five innings. Clemson left 11 men on base.
- Liberty starter Mason Meyer allowed two runs, one unearned, over five innings. He struck out two and walked three.
- Two of Liberty's four hits went for extra bases. Third baseman Ben Highfill and shortstop Cam Locklear each doubled in the contest.
- Flames freshman left-hander Mason Fluharty made his collegiate debut, pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief.
- Clemson shortstop Sam Hall hit the only home run in the contest. A solo homer in the fourth inning.

Turning Point
With the scored tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning, the Tigers took advantage of a Liberty error to take a 2-1 lead. With one away, the Flames seemed to have Clemson designated hitter Kier Meredith thrown out trying to steal second base. However, Flames shortstop Cam Locklear dropped the throw, allowing the runner to reach safely. Two batters later, Hackenburg plated Meredith with a two-out single to give Clemson a 2-1 edge.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty baseball began its 48th season, today. The Flames have opened their season opener on the road 14 out of the past 15 years.
- Liberty opened its season in the state of South Carolina for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Flames began their season with a 6-5 win in 11 innings at South Carolina.
- Liberty and Clemson met for the first time on the diamond since 2014, this afternoon.
- For the fourth consecutive year, Cam Locklear started at shortstop for the Flames. The senior has started 169 games during his career.
- Right-hander Garret Price made his 74th career appearance with one inning of relief on Friday. With the appearance, the senior moves into eighth place on Liberty's all-time appearance list.

Up Next
The Flames and Tigers will met again, tomorrow afternoon at Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.