GREENVILLE — The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 9-2 win over Michigan State on Wednesday evening at Fluor Field in Greenville.
The Tigers (9-3) got things going in the second inning as Chase Pinder and Weston Jackson led the frame off with back-to-back singles. Chris Williams then delivered a two-run double down the left field line to plate both runners and make it 2-0 Clemson. After Andrew Cox reached on a throwing error on a sac bunt, Jordan Greene hit into a double play but was able to bring Williams in to make it 3-0. The Spartans (9-2) would cut into the lead in the third with two doubles to plate a run and trim the deficit to 3-1. The Tigers would put the game away in the fifth as three straight one-out walks loaded the bases before Reed Rohlman was hit by a pitch to force a run in and make the score 4-1. Seth Beer then launched his third homer in three games, a grand slam, to put Clemson comfortably on top at 8-1. Michigan State and the Tigers traded runs in the seventh and eighth, respectively, but Clemson earned a solid midweek win over a good ball club.
The game changed in the fifth as Beer struck again with one swing of the bat to break open a tight game. It was his fifth homer of the season and was a no-doubter the second it left the bat. In the inning, the Tigers took advantage of three walks and a hit by pitch to score five runs on only two hits.
What went right?
Tyler Jackson turned in another great midweek start, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Three relievers (Mitchell Miller, Paul Campbell, and Ryan Miller) did the rest, holding the Spartans to a single hit and six strikeouts over the final 2.2 innings. Offensively, Weston Jackson and Williams each had two hits to pace Clemson’s seven-hit attack.
What went wrong?
Overall, the Tigers played a good game. They did commit an error and only picked up seven hits, but they got them when it counted.