The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 9-4 win over Nevada on Monday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (36-12) jumped out to an early lead thanks to four first inning runs. Logan Davidson, Reed Rohlman, and Seth Beer each walked to load the bases before a walk to Robert Jolly and a walk to Jordan Greene each forced runs in. Grayson Byrd followed with a two-run single to make it 4-0. The Wolf Pack (15-31) got a run back with a sac fly in the second to cut the lead to 4-1. Clemson answered right back in the bottom of the frame as a run came in on a balk and a RBI groundout from Andrew Cox. Nevada added a single run in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning to again cut the lead to 6-4. The Tigers doubled their lead to 8-4 in the fifth thanks to a two-out, two-run triple from Kyle Wilkie. Rohlman put the finishing touches on the win with a solo homer in the eighth to give Clemson the 9-4 win.
The game changed right off the bat. After a 123 inning in the top of the first, five of the first seven Clemson batters reach via walk forcing the Wolf Pack to the bullpen very early. Byrd’s two-run single gave the Tigers a cushion they would never relinquish as Pat Krall and Ryley Gilliam kept the lead just out of reach over the final eight innings.
What went right?
Krall earned his seventh win of the season with four runs (three earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings. Gilliam had his best outing of the last month, tossing 3.0 innings of one-hit ball to pick up his fourth save of the season. Clemson had a 12-hit offensive attack, led by two-hit games from Rohlman, Cox, Greene, Byrd, and Wilkie. Byrd and Wilkie each drove in two runs as well.
What went wrong?
The Tigers played a nice game, but did hit into two double plays and stranded nine runners while committing an error.