Tigers take ACC opener over Boston College

Kevin Brady pitched 6.2 effective innings with nine strikeouts to lead Clemson to a 6-4 win over Boston College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series and snapped a four-game losing streak, improved to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in the ACC. The Eagles, who lost their seventh game in a row, fell to 6-9 overall and 0-4 in ACC play.

The Tigers built a 4-1 lead before Tom Bourdon’s second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, cut Clemson’s lead to 4-3. But the Tigers responded with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings and held on for the two-run victory over the Eagles.

Brady (1-1) earned the win in a starting role. In 6.2 innings pitched, he allowed five hits, three runs, and five walks with nine strikeouts. Matt Campbell yielded one hit, one run, and one walk with three strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched to record his first save of the season. Brady, Joseph Moorefield, and Campbell combined for 13 strikeouts.

Eric Stevens (2-1), the first of three Eagle hurlers, suffered the loss. He gave up seven hits, five runs, and three walks with two strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers wasted little time taking the game’s first lead in the first inning. Steve Wilkerson grounded a leadoff double over the first-base bag and scored on Jason Stolz’s groundball double over the third-base bag. Stolz’s two-bagger extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

In the second inning, Spencer Kieboom led off with a four-pitch walk. Two batters later, Brad Felder belted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right field for a two-run homer, his second long ball of the season.

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