Clemson ends neutral-site woes against No. 7 South Carolina with series-evening win

South Carolina's L.B. Dantzler makes the putout before Clemson's Maleeke Gibson (1) reaches first base during the eighth inning at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Clemson won, 6-3. (Ken Ruinard/The State/MCT)


GREENVILLE - Jack Leggett had never defeated South Carolina on a neutral site. Not in Omaha, not in Charleston and not in Greenville, not until Saturday.

Led by a number of impressive efforts from Clemson freshmen, the Tigers defeated South Carolina, 6-3, on Saturday at Fluor Field to even the rivalry series. The series concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday in Columbia.

Clemson improves to 6-3, No. 7 South Carolina falls to 7-2.

Clemson freshman starting pitcher Clate Schmidt allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings. Perhaps most impressive was how he responded after allowing back-to-back home runs to Max Schrock and LB Dantzler in the sixth inning. Schmidt struck out the next two batters and also worked out of a jam in the seventh inning.

Clemson freshman outfielder Steven Duggar added two hits and two RBIs, and freshman shortstop Tyler Krieger made several outstanding plays in the hole, displaying range and a strong arm, ending a South Carolina threat in the second inning and helping prevent a rally in the seventh.

South Carolina starting pitcher Colby Holmes struggled, allowing five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Matt Campbell recorded a two-inning save.

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