|Clemson coach Monte Lee got his 300th career|
coaching victory with Tuesday's 10-inning, 7-6
win over Western Carolina. (Clemson photo)
There were some strange doings at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Tuesday night (and Wednesday morning), but in the end first-year Clemson coach got his 300th career coaching victory with a 10-inning, 7-6 win over Western Carolina.
The start of the game was delayed 1:21 because of inclement weather and play was halted for 21 minutes in the bottom of the 10th inning when the stadium lights went out. Play didn't resume until after midnight
Clemson freshman Seth Bee twice was hit by a pitch, but both times he was denied first base, apparently because the home plate umpire didn't think he made enough effort to get out of the way. Both at-bats ended with Beer drawing walks.
Beer later hit his 14th home run in the eighth inning, when the Tigers scored three runs to tie the score and force extra innings. Jordan Greene scored the tying run after reaching second base when the Western Carolina pitcher couldn't handle a high popup.
Weston Wilson delivered the milestone victory for Lee with a 10th-inning single. Clemson won despite striking out a season-high 15 times.
Lee had a 276-145 record as head coach at College of Charleston before becoming Clemson's coach. The Tigers are 24-9 this season entering an important ACC series at Louisville on Friday. Clemson is three games behind Florida State, two games behind Louisville and one behind N.C. State in the Atlanttic Division at the midpoint of its league schedule.
NAIA DI coaches poll: 1. Georgia Gwinnett (1st last week). 5. USC Beaufort (5).
High schools: 1. Coppell, Texas. 27. Carolina Forest.