Game two was set to start at 6:00 pm at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (28-15-1) did not manage a hit until John Harris' single with two outs in the fifth. Harris scored on Aaron Miller's triple to trim the lead to 6-1, but could not mount a serious rally the rest of the way.
Clemson (30-15) was quiet for two innings, but took advantage of control problems to load the bases with no outs in the third. Richie Shaffer blasted a three-run double off the wall in left center to get the Tigers on the board - and a wild pitch pushed the lead to 4-0. A pair of two-out walks put Clemson back in business, and Jason Stolz blooped a single into right for a 5-0 advantage.
A leadoff double in the fourth by Phil Pohl and a sacrifice fly gave Clemson a 6-0 lead before Gardner-Webb got on the board in the top of the fifth.
GWU starter Kyle Paeplow settled down after the Tigers' burst in the third, pitching scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth to keep the game within reach. Clemson stretched the lead further in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases after a walk and two singles with no outs against reliever Brandon Boling. Another walk pushed across a run, and a line drive sacrifice fly made the score 8-1.
That brought the top of the Clemson order to the plate, and John Hinson bounced an RBI single through the right side for a 9-1 lead - and pinch hitter Mike Dunster laced a two-run double just inside the third base bag to put the Tigers up 11-1 and chase Boling from the game. Two more walks loaded the bases again, and pinch hitter Joe Costigan roped a two-run single up the middle for a 13-1 lead before reliever Andrew Barnett ended the rally with a strikeout.
Gardner-Webb could not solve Clemson ace Dominic Leone (4-1), who picked up the win after fanning eighth and allowing just two hits and one run in 7.0 innings pitched. Paeplow (3-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in 6.0 innings of work. The Fairview, N.C., senior did save some wear on the GWU bullpen, bearing down after the tough third inning and throwing a season-high 120 pitches.
Gardner-Webb had five hits in the game, with Aaron Miller (2-for-2, 3B, RBI) pacing that effort. Clemson collected 11 base hits, with Hinson (2-for-5, RBI) and Shaffer (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) leading the way.
The two teams will play the third game of the series Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Boiling Springs, N.C., at John Henry Moss Stadium / Bill Masters Field. Gates open at 12:30 pm, and Gardner-Webb fans are encouraged to wear red as part of a scheduled "Red Out" promotion. Sunday's game will air live on WGWG-FM (88.3), Gardner-Webb's 50,000-watt flagship station, with Fabian Fuentes calling the action.