With a 6-4 loss to No. 2 Louisville on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, No. 7 Clemson was handed its first ACC sweep at home since 2014. They now have an overall record of 37-15 and 16-11 in the ACC.
After the game the media spoke with head coach Monte Lee, starting pitcher Pat Krall and center fielder Chase Pinder. Here is what we heard:
“Well I give Louisville a lot of credit,” said Lee. “One of the best teams in the country, and even when they didn’t play their best baseball, they found a way to win the game and that’s what good teams do.”
Despite committing five errors, the most Louisville has committed all season in one game, the Cardinals still found a way to defeat the Tigers.
“I really appreciate our fan support this weekend,” Lee said. “We had great turnouts and we really appreciate them supporting our players and our team. Obviously I feel really bad about how it turned out this weekend. I apologize to our fans. I have to find a way to get our guys to push across another run or two.”
Starting pitcher, Pat Krall went 6 2/3 innings giving up five runs on seven hits and striking out eight.
“There’s a couple pitches in the game I wish I could get back,” Krall said. “I was a little mad at myself and wanted to see myself execute a couple pitches a little bit better and put my team in a better spot to win the game so it’s a little frustrating.”
After coming out in the seventh inning, Krall received a very well deserved standing ovation from the crowd.
“It’s always nice to be recognized from the crowd and all that,” he said. “It’s definitely something I want to enjoy but hopefully it’s not the last time I play on this field so I’m looking forward to next time.”
Although the offense really struggled hitting with runners in scoring position all weekend, center fielder Chase Pinder has really seemed to find his swing lately. He was 2-for-3 in Sunday’s game with another home run.
“We’re just trying to stay positive,” he said. “We still have four more games left to finish strong and head into ACC tournament play on a hot streak so hopefully that will happen.”
“When we get those bases loaded we just need one big hit,” he continued. “We are one big hit away and I think that will open up things and let us relax and play.”
When asked if it matters how you finish the regular season when going into the ACC tournament Pinder responded, “Last year we had our backs against the wall a little bit. Had to finish strong but I guess making that statement, 4-0 and winning the ACC last year, it can kind of put you right to the top. So I think winning these next couple of games will be big and having a good showing there could have a good impact.”
Clemson will now head into the last week of their regular season facing Coastal Carolina on Tuesday at home before traveling to Raleigh, N.C. to wrap up ACC play with NC State this weekend.