Columbia, SC – Clemson took a two run lead into the eighth inning, but South rallied to send the game to extra innings. The Gamecocks plated the winning run in the 12 inning to win 5-4. It was South Carolina’s fifth straight postseason win over the Tigers.
Freshman Daniel Gossett got the start for the Tigers and pitched outstanding. Gossett went seven innings only giving up four hits, two runs and two earned runs. Goose had eight strikeouts and only three walks in 103 pitches.
Brad Felder was 3-5 with one RBI on a solo homerun. Wilkerson, Brittle and Pohl each had one hit and an RBI for the Tigers.
In the top of the second Phil Pohl singled up the middle. Jay Baum walked to advance Pohl to second with no outs. Jon McGibbon walked to load the bases with no outs. Spencer Kieboom lined into a double play scoring Pohl, but the umpire called runners interference on McGibbon and put Pohl back on third. Brad Felder lined out to end the inning.
South Carolina took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. After a two out walk Adam Matthews hit a homerun to right field to put the Gamecocks up 2-0.
Clemson threatened in the fifth. Spencer Kieboom reached on an error with no outs. Brad Felder singled to right. Jason Stolz popped out. Steve Wilkerson grounded to short and South Carolina got Kieboom out at third. Thomas Brittle grounded out to end the threat.
The Tigers got on the board in the seventh. Spencer Kieboom singled to right. Brad Felder singled to left. Jason Stolz reached on a fielder’s choice. Spencer Kieboom was called out at third on a bang, bang play. Steve Wilkerson doubled down the left field line to score Felder. Thomas Brittle singled to left to score Stolz. Richie Shaffer walked to load the bases. Phil Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice and Wilkerson scored on the play. Joe Costigan walked after pinch hitting for Baum. Jon McGibbon flied out to center to end the inning, but the Tigers the lead 3-2.
South Carolina threatened in the seventh. Gossett walked Vergason with two outs. Dante Rosenburg singled to right to put runners on the corners. Brad Felder made a diving catch on the warning track for the final out.
In the top of the eighth Brad Felder hit a solo homerun that left the park to put Clemson on top 4-2.
The Gamecocks battled back in the bottom of the eighth. Firth came in to relieve Gossett and gave up a single and a double to cut the Tiger’s lead to one. Joseph Moorefield got the first out and Jonathan Meyer came in to get the final two outs of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth the Tigers couldn’t hold the lead. South Carolina started the ninth with a single and a walk. Rosenberg bunted the runners over. Joey Pankake singled to score Costen but Vergason was out at home plate. A fly ball to Thomas Brittle ended the inning with the game tied 4-4 and sent the game into extra innings.
South Carolina won the game in the bottom of the 12th with a double off the right field wall.
The Tigers will play Coastal Carolina Sunday at noon.