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Tigers Defeat Blue Hose

Ashley Stout, Asst. Photo Editor

Coming off of a huge series sweep of the Boston College Eagles, the No. 12 ranked Tigers took on the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers won the contest 8-4 thanks to a strong performance from the bullpen and a strong offensive showing.


Jake Higginbotham got the pitching start for the Tigers, and the first year starter seems to get better and better every time he takes the mound. The freshman lefthander allowed an early run in the first inning but settled down after that, and ended with just that one run allowed in 5.2 innings of work. He may have lost his job as the Sunday starter earlier this season, but he has done a great job as a midweek starter, with three wins and an Earned Run Average (ERA) of 3.09. 

Fellow freshman Brooks Crawford came in to close out the sixth inning, and kept the Blue Hose out of the run column in the top of the seventh, lowering his ERA to an impressive 0.57.

Graduate right-hander Patrick Andrews came in and made quick work of the Blue Hose in the eighth, before Paul Campbell made it interesting in the ninth. Ultimately, Alex Schnell came in to close the door on the Blue Hose, giving the Tigers a 17-3 record on the season.   


Chase Pinder did his job as the leadoff man once again, scoring two runs and knocking in another two on a single up the middle in the eighth inning. Reed Rohlman gathered a couple knocks as well, including a two Runs Batted In (RBI) double to right field in the sixth. Seth Beer continued to be a force at the plate, driving in a run to tie the game up in the second before walking in his next two plate appearances. 

Weston Wilson looked good at the plate as well, and though he has kind of gone under the radar so far, he has been the best hitter on the team aside from Seth Beer. Wilson collected another two hits against Presbyterian, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, bumping his average up to .377 on the season. 

Shortstop Eli White looks like he is starting to figure things out at the plate, putting together some good at-bats and getting on base twice. Sophomore Robert Jolly got another base hit as well, and seems to be the go-to designated hitter against right-handed pitching. 

The Tigers are on a roll as of late, winning their last eight contests, but will face a true test as they travel to Coral Gables this weekend for a three game series versus the No. 7 ranked Miami Hurricanes. 


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