CLEMSON, SC — TCI looks back at Clemson’s 2-0 loss to Virginia on Friday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
After a pitcher’s duel for six innings, the Cavaliers (15-3, 2-2 ACC) broke through as Pavin Smith led off the inning with a solo homer. The Tigers (14-4, 3-1 ACC) would load the bases in the eighth but a great defensive play on the infield ended the threat. Virginia would go on to add an insurance run in the ninth to take the opening game of the weekend series.
The game changed in the eighth inning. Despite trailing 1-0, Clemson looked like it may tie the game. Pinch hitter Drew Wharton hit an infield single and moved up to second on a throwing error. Chase Pinder followed with what looked like a single up the middle but the shortstop got to the ball to hold the runner at third. The Tigers would be unable to get another clutch hit and left the bases loaded in the frame.
What went right?
Charlie Barnes, despite suffering the loss, had another quality start as he allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 8.1 innings. Clemson played well defensively as they did not commit an error in the contest.
What went wrong?
The offense was basically non-existent as they tallied only four hits in the contest. Even when the Tigers were able to get runners on base, they couldn’t come up with a the big hit to bring them in.