COLUMBIA — The Clemson Insider looks back at No. 12 Clemson’s 5-3 win in 11 innings over No. 4 South Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Founders Park to take the rivalry series for the third straight season.
The Gamecocks (7-5) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning behind a hit, two walks, and a run-scoring wild pitch. The Tigers (8-3) answered right away in the fourth as Andrew Cox hit an opposite field solo homer to tie the game at 1-1. South Carolina took a 2-1 lead in the sixth behind back-to-back two-out hits but again Clemson answered. Reed Rohlman reached on a two-out error, Seth Beer drew an intentional walk, and Chase Pinder lined a single into center to tie the game at 2-2. The Gamecocks wasted little time in re-taking the lead as consecutive extra base hits started the bottom of the seventh to give them a 3-2 advantage. Down to their last strike in the ninth, Beer tied the game for the Tigers with a solo homer to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th, Logan Davidson led off with a walk, stole second base, moved to third on a sac bunt, and came in to score the eventual winning run on a wild pitch during an intentional walk to Beer. Pinder would followed with a RBI single to add an insurance run as Clemson won the rivalry series for the third straight season.
The game changed in the ninth as South Carolina elected to pitch to Beer with two-outs. Beer launched a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game and give Clemson the momentum heading into extra innings. Later in the 11th Beer had a major impact on the game again, as the Gamecocks were trying to issue him an intentional walk but threw the ball away, allowing the eventual winning run to score.
What went right?
The Tigers never quit fighting and kept pressure on South Carolina. Rohlman and Pinder each had two hits in Clemson’s eight hit attack while Pinder had a game-high two RBI. Beer also drew four walks in the contest, meaning he reached base five times. Defensively, Clemson played its best game of the series while the bullpen (six relievers) tossed 5.0 shutout innings.
What went wrong?
The Tigers wasted several chances throughout the day, as they were unable to get men in from third with less than two outs and hit into three more double plays in stranding 13 total runners in the contest.