Clemson Drops Season Opener To Eastern Michigan

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From Clemson Sports Information ---

Mitchell McGeein's two-out, infield single scored John Rubino in the 10th inning to lift Eastern Michigan to a 6-5 win over 13th-ranked Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers trailed 5-4 in the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Mike Dunster's solo homer, the first long ball of his career, tied the score before the Eagles scored a run in the 10th.

Clemson starter Daniel Gossett allowed just four hits, one run, and one walk with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. But Eastern Michigan scored four runs on four hits in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 advantage and the Tigers could never regain the lead.

Kristian Calibuso (1-0), the fourth of five Eagle hurlers, earned the win despite allowing one run, one hit, and three walks in 1.1 innings pitched.

Steve Weber pitched a scoreless 10th inning with a strikeout to record the save.

Clate Schmidt (0-1) suffered the loss despite allowing just one hit and one unearned run in the final 2.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers started the season off with two runs in the first inning on freshman Chris Okey's first career hit, a two-out, two-run single to center. Okey became the first freshman in Clemson history to drive in two runs with a hit in the first inning of a season.

The series continues Saturday.

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