Seventh-ranked Clemson came out hot against No. 2 Louisville Saturday afternoon in the second game of the series, but could not contain the Cardinals in the latter part of the game which resulted in falling short of a victory with a final score of 6-4.
After the game the media spoke with head coach Monte Lee, starting pitcher Alex Eubanks and center fielder Chase Pinder. Here is what we heard:
“Well a really tough loss for us today,” said Lee. “We did a lot of really good things in the ballgame. But you have to give Louisville credit. We did not walk a batter, didn’t make an error, played good defensively, swung the bats well, especially in the first-half of the ball game. But the bottom line is they got the big inning there in the sixth to tie it up and in the eighth inning, a couple of home runs really against two of their hottest hitters.”
Clemson went into the top of the sixth inning with a 4-0 lead but that lead was quickly cut down when Colby Fitch led off with a solo home run to right field. After a two-out single from Drew Ellis, Devin Mann hit a two-run home run to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
“There’s always a couple of pitches after a game that you want back and yeah there was definitely two of them that I wish I could take back for sure,” Eubanks said.
Eubanks had an overall solid outing on the mound going seven complete innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out eight and walked none. He was also quick to give credit to his defense who played a very good game behind him.
“They were phenomenal,” Eubanks said. “They did great all day and got a lot of ground balls so it’s definitely fun to have them behind me.”
Pinder was a very influential factor in Saturday’s game. He went 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run and also had two nice catches in center field.
“I feel good at the plate,” said Pinder. “No, they were not throwing me all fastballs (as he recently mentioned he was getting against Nevada in last weekend’s series) but I’m seeing it well and you go in streaks. I’ve had bad ones and so hopefully I stay in this good one.”
“We just have to keep competing, keep fighting,” said Lee. “Hopefully we can find a way tomorrow (Sunday) to get things going in the right direction.”
The Tigers will take on the Cardinals at 12 p.m. today at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the final game of the series with hopes of getting the win and avoiding the sweep.