On Saturday the Clemson Tigers defeated the Elon Phoenix 13-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Unlike the first game of the series, Saturday’s game was all about the offense. Clemson had 15 hits in the game and scored in seven out of eight innings.
Tigers’ Head coach Monte Lee spoke after the game and was very pleased with the approach his team took to the plate. Pat Krall, Robert Jolly and Andrew Cox spoke as well. Here is what we heard:
“Well I thought we came into the ball game with a really, really good offensive approach today, Lee said. “The guys used the whole field today. Did a good job of staying within themselves. I don’t know if offensively we could’ve been any better than we were today. We scored in seven out of eight innings. Leadoff guy got on base seven out of eight times. Eight out of the nine guys in our lineup either scored a run or drove a run in.”
As much as the offense impacted Saturday’s game, Lee was also satisfied with the pitching performance his bullpen showed.
“Our bullpen was really, really good,” he said. “It was really good to see a couple guys get out there for the first time and do well. We only walked one guy today. As a pitching staff we made one error so we limited their free passes.”
Krall started on the mound and Patrick Andrews was the first to come in from the bullpen. Andrews pitched 1.1 innings, gave up two hits and no runs. Travis Marr then pitched the eighth inning while Paul Campbell pitched the ninth. Both pitchers gave up no hits and no runs.
Krall was charged with giving up five runs.
“It just wasn’t my day,” Krall said after the game. “We have to give credit to our offense and our bullpen, it was their day.”
In 5.2 innings Krall gave up nine hits, five runs and walked one batter. He did get the win and improves to a 2-0 record for the season.
“It was just one of those days’ balls were missing,” he said. “I wasn’t getting it where I wanted to. I was inconsistent. Mentally I wasn’t all the way there which is on me. So I’m just glad they could pick me up and we got a win. It was a really good team day for us.”
Catcher, Robert Jolly, who has really taken advantage of his opportunity behind the plate, went 3-for-3 with one walk and one RBI.
“I’m just seeing the ball pretty well,” he said. “Just trying to take my best swing. Not trying to worry about anything too much. I said earlier just make the most of my opportunities and most of all just have fun.
“Baseball is a game and I’ve got 30 of my best friends in the dugout with me. If you can’t have fun, then there’s something wrong so you know just trying to have fun and continue to get quality wins with this team because that’s what’s important.”
Another player who expressed the fun he had on the field was first baseman Andrew Cox. Saturday’s game was the first time Cox has started in the field this season.
“It was fun. Anytime you get a chance to play with these guys in front of that crowd today it’s a lot of fun,” the graduate student said. “We had a good day collectively. Like Coach said earlier Pat’s picked us up time and time again so a day where he may not have had his best stuff was a good day for us to score in seven out of eight innings.”
Saturday’s victory allowed Clemson to win the series. It will play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Game 3 of the weekend series.