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What We Heard: Clemson 6, Virginia Tech 3

The No. 4 Clemson Tigers have won another series with their 6-3 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Saturday’s win improved Clemson’s overall record to 27-5 (12-2 in the ACC).

“Well, it is always great to win the series on Saturday,” said head coach Monte Lee after the game. “Alex Eubanks with another quality start. Went seven innings, only gave up two earned runs. Really proud of him facing a little adversity there in the first inning. I thought we didn’t help him. We had the ground ball that just kicked away at third base. Could have been a double play ball there and then I thought we had a chance at a double play on a ground ball to first base too. But with that being said we played pretty good defensively from there on out and it didn’t effect Alex.”

Right-handed pitcher, Alex Eubanks went seven complete innings while only giving up two earned runs, one unearned run, six hits and he also struck out seven.

“We had some bad luck in the first inning and that happens, that’s baseball,” said Eubanks. “That’s the biggest thing. We have to throw up zeros after that. With our offense we are never out of any game no matter what the score is. So you just have to go out there and keep competing and give these guys a chance.”

“My fastball and slider were working for me tonight,” he continued. “Our focus going into tonight was to kind of expand the zone. They are a very aggressive team so we just wanted to go in, expand the zone and try to get them to chase.”

After the Hokies (17-16, 6-8 ACC) put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning and then a few quiet innings from both teams, left fielder Reed Rohlman got things going for the Tigers when he hit a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. That then got the momentum going for the Tigers and they managed to score two more runs that inning and take a 3-2 lead.

“I’m seeing it well right now,” said Rohlman who went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Saturday’s game. “I’ve kind of changed little things in my approach which has been helping me a lot. I’ve been working with Coach (Greg) Starbuck, but I just have to roll with it. I have to stick to the approach I have right now. Stay hungry. Don’t get complacent.”

Right fielder, Drew Wharton also contributed to Saturday’s win going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.  When asked if starting to play more regularly has helped him Wharton responded,

“It definitely feels good,” he said. “I’m getting my timing down a lot better and I’m just seeing the ball really well. Staying within my approach and putting good swings on it so hopefully I keep getting do to that.”

Clemson will go for the series sweep of Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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