The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 7-6 win over Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (15-4, 4-1 ACC) jumped on the board early and in a big way with six runs on four hits and three walks in the bottom of the first inning. Chase Pinder led off with a single and Reed Rohlman followed with a double before Seth Beer walked to load the bases. A Chris Williams sac fly made it 1-0 and Robert Jolly drew a two-out bases loaded walk to make it 2-0. Jordan Greene followed a two-run single and a run came in on a throwing error before a RBI single from Patrick Cromwell capped the scoring at 6-0. The Cavaliers (15-4, 2-3 ACC) cut the lead to 6-2 in the fourth but Williams launched a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to extend it back to 7-2. Virginia would cut the lead to 7-5 heading to the ninth and got the score down to 7-6 but Ryan Miller got the Cavalier pinch hitter to pop up to end the game and tie the series.
The game changed in the bottom of the first inning. Clemson sent 10 batters to the plate and chased the Virginia starter from the game after facing only nine batters. The Cavaliers spent the rest of the game using their bullpen and trying to cut into the Tiger lead.
What went right?
Alex Eubanks turned in another quality start to earn his third win of the year. The sophomore righty allowed two runs (two earned) on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Ryan Miller closed the game out to earn his first save. Greene had a team-high three hits while Pinder and Cromwell each had two hits. Greene and Williams each had two RBI.
What went wrong?
After a hot start, the Tiger bats went quiet over the final eight innings as the only added one run to their lead while Virginia climbed back into the game. The Cavaliers outhit the Clemson 13-9 and Jacob Hennessy uncharacteristically struggled, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in 0.1 innings.