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Clemson cruises in opener against GSU

    CLEMSON, S.C. — Daniel Gossett held the Georgia Southern Eagles to one run and two hits in a 7-1 Clemson Tiger victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.
    Gossett (8-3) struck out 12 batters and walked just two over 7.1 innings to earn the win. The sophomore right hander retired the first 10 batters he faced before allowing a single to Ben Morgan in the fourth inning.
    Justin Hess (4-5) took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits. Hess allowed seven walks and struck out six batters over five innings.
    The big blow for Clemson (35-15) came in the fourth inning. After a run scored on a fielder's choice, Hess walked Thomas Brittle with two outs before Mike Triller doubled in a pair of runs.
    Georgia Southern (25-24) only had a combined two base runners over the first five innings before scoring a run in the sixth inning. Ben Morgan drove a ball back up the middle to score Scooter Williams from second base and give the Eagles their second hit of the game.
    The Tigers started the scoring with a single run in the first inning. Garrett Boulware hit a hard shot off the shoulder of third baseman Brent Pugh to plate a lead off walk in Maleeke Gibson. Hess bounced back after allowing the run to strand a pair of runners in the second inning and faced the minimum in the third.
    Clemson loaded the bases with three walks in the fifth inning and scored a run on a RBI ground out by Jon McGibbon. The Tigers added their final two runs in the seventh inning. 
    The Eagles loaded the bases in the eighth inning but were unable to score a run. Two different Clemson pitchers walked three batters before Matt Campbell came on in relief to record the final two outs in the frame with a strikeout and a line out.
    The teams will meet today for game two of the series at 6:30 p.m.