The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 9-4 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night in Game 4 of the Clemson Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Commodores (35-22-1) opened the scoring with a three run (on four hits) fourth inning. Vanderbilt added four two-out runs in the sixth to stretch their lead to 7-0. The Tigers (40-20) fought back in the bottom of the sixth with three two-out runs. Reed Rohlman led off with a single and Chase Pinder drew a one-out walk before Andrew Cox lined a two-out, two-strike double to right to bring both runner in. Following a wild pitch, Jordan Greene hit a RBI single scoring Cox to cut the deficit to 7-3. After the Commodores added a run in the eighth, Seth Beer launched a leadoff homer in the eighth to again cut the lead down to four at 8-4 but Vanderbilt added another insurance run in the ninth to move into the driver’s seat at the regional.
The game changed in the sixth inning. Already trailing 3-0, Clemson got two quick outs to start the sixth. Following a two-out walk, the Commodores went single, RBI single, RBI double, two-run double en route to chasing Charlie Barnes from the game and building up a 7-0 lead.
What went right?
Logan Davidson and Reed Rohlman each had two hits to lead the Tigers nine-hit attack while Cox drove in a team-high two runs. Patrick Andrews tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and the defense did not commit an error.
What went wrong?
Clemson missed an early scoring chance by stranding two runners in the first and ended up stranding six runners in the game as outside of the sixth inning, they struggled to build innings and against could not consistently find the clutch hit with runners on base.