After what Monte Lee called, “one of the crazier games,” Clemson came from behind to take the first game of a two-game series with Yale on Tuesday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
After the Tigers gained a quick four-run lead, Yale didn’t give up and managed to put up six runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. The Tigers then fought back to regain the lead with back-to-back home runs from Chris Williams and Andrew Cox for a 10-6 victory.
After the game the media spoke with Lee, Seth Beer, Chris Williams and Jacob Hennessy. Here is what we heard:
“Well what a great win for us today,” Lee said. “It was probably one of the crazier games I think we’ve had this year. Tyler Jackson just rolling along and hadn’t given up a hit. Was really just in control of the game. Executing pitches, getting outs, strikeouts. No strong contact, no balls being hit hard and then bam, bam, bam, bam, bam all of a sudden it’s 6-4 Yale.”
Jackson pitched five complete innings for the Tigers. He gave up six hits, six runs and struck out eight. All six hits and runs came in the fifth inning allowing Yale to take a 6-4 lead. However,the Tigers did not waste anytime battling back from the two-run deficit.
“I was really happy with how our guys responded after getting down 6-4,” Lee said. “We found a way to really put together some great at-bats there in the seventh inning capped off by Chris William’s three-run home run followed by Andrew Cox’s solo home run. But I thought we had some really good at-bats today. We hit some balls hard that got caught.”
Williams had three hits on Tuesday, including his three-run home run that put Clemson back on top.
“It felt really splendid,” Williams said after the game. “It felt really good to hit that ball and come up big for our team to get the win. Just put us in a good position to win the game.”
With back-to-back home runs from Williams and Andrew Cox, Clemson regained their lead 8-6. The Tigers then gave themselves a little breathing room scoring two more runs in the eighth to go ahead and eventually win 10-6.
Seth Beer also had a solid night at the plate hitting two doubles and a single which drove in two runs for his team.
“I felt pretty good at the plate,” Beer said. “Kind of went back and looked at some at-bats and just got up there today. Just excited to get up there and have an opportunity to swing the bat again. Felt pretty comfortable at the plate.”
Hennessy took the mound at the start of the sixth inning and pitched three and 1/3 innings before Patrick Andrews came in to finish the game. Only giving up one hit and no runs, Hennessy earned his first career win.
“My fastball was working well and my slider was too,” Hennessy said. “I was really just focused on getting ahead like in the 0-1 count so that I could execute the slider later on.”
Clemson and Yale will battle again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.