CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 3-2 loss in 10 innings to North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tigers (34-11, 16-8 ACC) again jumped to an early lead as Chase Pinder drew a leadoff walk to start the game and Chris Williams followed with a two-run homer to give Clemson a 2-0 lead. The Tar Heels (36-9, 19-5 ACC) cut the lead in half in the fourth as they took advantage of an error and brought a run in on a RBI groundout. North Carolina tied the game in the sixth as a two-out error extended the inning and a RBI single made it 2-2. After both teams missed opportunities to take the lead, the Tar Heels were able to walk off with the win in the bottom of the tenth to sweep the weekend series.
The game again had a couple of momentum swings and wasted opportunities, but ultimately it came down to the bottom of the tenth. North Carolina had runners on the corners with two outs when Tyler Lynn reached on a grounder to second that allowed the winning run to score.
What went right?
Pat Krall gave the Tigers another good start on the weekend, allowing two runs (no earned runs) on five hits in 8.0 innings. Clemson totaled six hits in the contest, all by six different players, while Williams drove in both runs for the Tigers.
What went wrong?
The defense let Clemson down, committing two errors and not being able to make a play on the final hit. Offensively, the Tigers could not get anything going beyond the first inning and ended up stranding seven runners in the contest.