The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 7-5 loss to Nevada on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Wolf Pack (15-30) got on the board first thanks to a solo homer to lead off the second inning. Nevada broke through for four runs on five hits in the third to take a 5-0 lead. The Wolf Pack would add another run in the fourth to make it 6-0. The Tigers (35-12) cut into the lead in the fourth as Chase Pinder led off with a solo homer, Seth Beer followed with a double, and would later come in to score on a RBI single from Patrick Cromwell. Nevada got a run back in the sixth to extend the lead back to 7-2. Clemson rallied for three runs in the eighth as Robert Jolly singled and came in to score on a RBI double from Reed Rohlman. After a Pinder single and Beer drew a HBP to load the bases, Drew Wharton hit a two-run single to make it 7-5. The Tigers could get no closer as the Wolf Pack evened the three-game series.
The game changed for Nevada in the third inning as they broke open a 1-0 game with a four run inning where they used five hits, a HBP, and a couple wild pitches. The Tigers looked like they may rally in the eighth as they cut the lead to 7-5 and had the go-ahead run at the plate but could not pick up any more runs.
What went right?
The bullpen did not give up an earned run in 4.0 innings pitched. Patrick Andrews tossed 1.1 innings, Owen Griffith threw 0.2 innings, and Carson Spiers made his first career appearance with 2.0 scoreless innings. Pinder and Logan Davidson each had two hits to lead Clemson’s nine-hit attack while Wharton drove in a team-best two runs.
What went wrong?
The Tigers dug themselves into a big hole early and were unable to get out of it. Alex Eubanks struggled on the mound, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 5.0 innings. As a team, Clemson did not play a very clean game; hitting into two double plays, throwing four wild pitches, allowing two passed balls, committing an error, and stranding eight runners.