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Tigers Defeat Flames in Pitchers' Duel 1-0

February 15, 2020  Clemson, S.C.  RSS
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Noah Skirrow allowed one run on six hits over six innings, Saturday.

Noah Skirrow allowed one run on six hits over six innings, Saturday.

The Liberty Flames and Clemson Tigers locked up in a pitchers' duel, Saturday afternoon at Kingsmore Stadium. In the end, a fifth inning run proved to be the difference as the host Tigers slid past the Flames 1-0.

Liberty pitchers Noah Skirrow, Mason Hand and David Erickson combined for a solid effort in their first appearances of 2020 to hold Clemson to one run on six hits in the contest.

Flames catcher Brady Gulakowski had three hits to lead all hitters in the game. Center fielder Jaylen Guy added two for Liberty.

The Flames fall to 0-2 on the year, while Clemson moves to 2-0.

Box Score Highlights
Records:
Liberty (0-2); Clemson (2-0)
Location: Clemson, S.C. (Kingsmore Stadium)
Attendance: 4,592
WP: Davis Sharpe (1-0)  | LP: Noah Skirrow (0-1) I SV: Nick Clayton (1)

Scoring Summary
CLEMSON - 5th INNING – Meredith singles, Starbuck scores
 

Notable Numbers
- Hits were even on the day, as each team had six apiece. Clemson committed the game's lone error.

- The Flames left 10 men on the bases, while the Tigers left six.

- Liberty starting pitcher Skirrow allowed one run on six hits over six innings in the contest. He struck out three batters and walked two.

- Gulakowski and Guy become the first two Flames to collect multi-hit games in 2020.

- Clemson starting pitcher Davis Sharpe pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits. He struck out six batters and walked one.

Turning Point
- In the top of the eighth and trailing 1-0, the first two Flames to bat in the inning reached and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. However, freshman Clemson reliever Nick Clayton entered the game and preserved the Tigers' advantage. The freshman proceeded to strike out the first two Flames he faced. After issuing a walk to load the bases, the right-hander then induced a fly out to end the inning.

Beyond the Box Score
- Pitcher Mason Hand made his first appearance for the Flames since May 4, 2018 at St. John's. The right-hander missed all of last season due to injury. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

- Catcher Brady Gulakowski and designated hitter Garrett Wilkinson each recorded their first hit in a Liberty uniform in the contest.

- Sophomore Drew Baughman made the first start of his Liberty career at first base. He made several outstanding defensive plays, including a catch of a foul ball behind the first base bag and turning and throwing a Tiger runner out at third base attempting to advance.

- The Flames had not been shut out in a contest since falling at Winthrop 2-0 on May 17, 2018.

Up Next
Liberty and Clemson will wrap-up their three-game series, tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.