The Clemson Insider takes at look back at Clemson’s 9-3 win over Wofford on Tuesday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (6-2) jumped on the board early with two first inning runs. After Reed Rohlman reached on a single and Chase Pinder was hit by a pitch, Andrew Cox hit a two-out double down the first base line to plate both runners and make it 2-0. Clemson didn’t stop there, adding two more runs in the second inning. Robert Jolly hit a one-out single and following a wild pitch, KJ Bryant tripled to right field to bring him in and then would score himself on a balk to make it 4-0. The Terriers (2-6) got on the board in the sixth with a single run to make it 4-1 but the Tigers put the game away in the eighth. Clemson scored five runs on five hits and two errors as Grayson Byrd drove in a run with a single, Jolly had a RBI double, Bryant added a RBI on a sac bunt, and Pinder capped it off with a two-run single to make it 9-1. Wofford would add a single run on a homer in the ninth but would get no closer as the Tigers took a 9-2 win.
The game changed in the first two innings as Clemson grabbed the quick lead due to some timely hitting and taking advantage of Terrier mistakes to give starter Tyler Jackson all the offensive support he would need.
What went right?
Jackson gave the Tigers just the start they needed, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball while allowing just three hits and striking out nine batters (and not allowing a hit until the fifth inning). Offensively, Clemson racked up 14 hits. Rohlman led all batters with three hits while Bryant, Cox, Logan Davidson, and Jolly each had two hits. Bryant, Pinder, and Cox also each drove in two runs. Defensively, the Tigers did not commit and error and played well behind Jackson.
What went wrong?
Not much went wrong for Clemson on Tuesday as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They did strand nine runners, but it did not come back to haunt them this game. Jeremy Beasley did have a somewhat rough outing, allowing a homer to one of the two batters he faced.