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Instant Replay: No. 12 Clemson 1, Elon 0 (13 innings)

The Clemson Insider takes a look back at Clemson’s 1-0 win in 13-innings over Elon on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

What happened?

The game was the ultimate pitching duel as zero after zero was put up on the board. Both starters pitched deep into the game while neither offense could come up with the clutch hit to push a run across. The Phoenix (3-2) had their best opportunity to score in the top of the 12th as they put runners on second and third with only one out but Ryley Gilliam shut down the threat with back-to-back strikeouts. The Tigers (3-2) picked up the win by playing a run on three hits in the bottom of the 13th inning.

Game-Changing Moment:

Two key moments late in the game. Gilliam’s two key strikeouts in the 12nd ended a scoring threat for Elon and swung the momentum in Clemson’s direction. The Tigers would take advantage an inning later as Beer lined a two-out, walk off single back up the middle to give Clemson a 1-0 lead in the series.

What went right?

The Tiger pitching staff was outstanding, holding an offense averaging 8.0 runs a game scoreless for 13 innings. Charlie Barnes tossed 7.2 innings of 6-hit ball with 11 strikeouts while Gilliam allowed a single hit with 9 strikeouts (in 15 batters) in 4.1 innings. Brooks Crawford earned his second win with 1.0 innings of one hit, three strikeout ball. The 23 strikeouts were a school record and were made even more impressive by the fact they did not walk a batter.

What went wrong?

While the pitching staff put together a record performance, the offense struggled all day. Despite registering 10 hits, the Tigers could only muster a single run. They hit into two double plays, were caught stealing twice, and could not come up with the big hit until Beer came through in the 13th.

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