CLEMSON -- Sophomore left-hander Zack Erwin struck out a career-high 13 batters to lead No. 20 Clemson to an 11-3 victory over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Tigers (25-16) split the home-and-home season series with the Catamounts (26-13), who defeated Clemson in Cullowhee, N.C., on March 4.
Erwin (3-2) allowed four hits, three runs and two walks in seven innings.. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tiger since Daniel Gossett had 13 against Winthrop on April 3, 2012.
Clemson scored seven runs over the first four innings. Steve Wilkerson's two-run double in the second highlighted the surge. The Tigers added three runs in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach.
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The Catamounts, who entered the game with a Southern Conference-leading .393 on-base percentage, scored their three runs in the fifth inning.
Catamount starter Bryce Danielson (0-1) took the loss.
The Tigers host No. 11 Miami (Fla.) in a three-game series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.