CLEMSON, S.C. –Bryan Dye's two-run single in the ninth pulled Charleston Southern within a run, but reliever Alex Eubanks got Mike Sconzo to line out with the tying run on third to preserve a 3-2 win for No. 18 Clemson on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Seven CSU (18-32) pitchers combined to hold Clemson to three hits, but the Bucs left 11 runners on, threatening throughout the night, but unable to break through offensively until the final out.
Clemson (35-18) led 1-0 in the eighth before padding its lead with two key runs off of Chayce Hubbard. Chris Okey's RBI double was the key blow in the inning for the Tigers.
CSU had two runners on with no outs in the eighth, but Sly Edwards was thrown out at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt and Eubanks retired the last two Bucs to end the threat.
Three of the first four Bucs in the lineup had to hits, led by Dye's two-run single. Edwards and Nate Blanchard each had two hits for CSU.
CSU's Jon Piriz (L, 2-5) took the loss for the Bucs. He worked two innings, striking out two, but giving up the only run before the eighth inning.
Clemson starter Clate Schmidt (W, 6-4) pitched around three CSU singles in the second to picked up the win in short start.
CSU faces Presbyterian in its final regular season series beginning on Thursday in Clinton, S.C. First pitch is at 3 p.m. CSU needs a series win to have a chance to advance to next week's Big South Baseball Championship.