No. 16 Clemson outlasts Winthrop 4-2

CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - The Clemson Tigers scored four runs in the fifth inning to beat Winthrop 4-2 Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The No. 16 Tigers improved to 19-9 on the season and won their fifth game in a row, while the Eagles fell to 14-17. Winthrop is led by former Clemson assistant coach Tom Riginos who left the program in 2010.

Starting pitcher Clate Schmidt (4-4) earned the win by allowing just four hits, one run and one walk with four strikeouts in five and third innings of work. Matt Campbell notched his sixth save of the year by pitching the ninth inning. Winthrop starter Zach Sightler (2-2) suffered the loss despite pitching four scoreless innings to start the game.

The Tigers scored the first runs of the game in the fifth inning after Chris Okey reached base on a Winthrop error. Steve Wilkerson's double set up a Shane Kennedy sacrifice fly to open the scoring, then Tyler Krieger capped the inning with a two-out, two-run single.

Clemson has two days off before hosting NC State in a three-game series which starts on Saturday. Game one is for 1 p.m. at game at 1 p.m. Doug Kingsmore Stadium.