GREENVILLE — On Wednesday night the ninth-ranked Clemson Tigers defeated the Michigan State Spartans 9-2 at Fluor Field in Greenville.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead early in the game and then extended their lead when Seth Beer crushed a grand slam to right field in the top of the fifth inning.
After the game Beer, along with starting pitcher Tyler Jackson and head coach Monte Lee spoke with the media. Here is what we heard:
“I’m very proud of how we competed tonight,” Lee said. “Even when we were up by a number of runs I still felt like our guys were pretty focused in the dugout, focused on the field. We continued to compete on the mound and our bullpen came in and pitched like it was a tight game.”
Clemson took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when catcher, Chris Williams hit a double down the left field line scoring Chase Pinder and Weston Jackson.
Then, in the top of the fifth inning, with the Tigers on top 4-1 Seth Beer stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and turned on an inside fastball hitting a grand slam to extend Clemson’s lead.
“I stepped out and tried to gather myself,” Beer said after the game. “His fastball had some depth to it. You kind of have to play that into it. I was just trying to hit something where it was pitched. Not try to do too much in that kind of situation.”
“Coach made a point to say don’t take these guys for granted,” Beer continued. “They’re a good ball club. They are swinging the bats with .300 I think all the way through their lineup. Their pitching staff has some depth so we were going to come out here and get our minds off of what we did with South Carolina and just focus on the game at hand.”
Along with Beer’s grand slam, Clemson fans also got to see an excellent pitching performance from graduate student, Tyler Jackson. He went 6.1 innings while only giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out nine.
“Really everything was working for me tonight,” said Jackson. “Fastball, slider, just wanted to pound the zone. Mix it up a little bit against a really good hitting team.”
Jackson also went on to talk about what facing a team averaging nine runs per game and limiting them to two can do for confidence on the mound.
“It just build confidence,” he said. “I just wanted to build off of last week’s outing and just continue to let those performances do better and better each week so it definitely builds a lot of confidence coming in.”
Overall Coach Lee was very pleased with Wednesday night’s performances from his guys both at the plate and on the mound.
“We just played the game,” Lee said. “And I was very proud of our guys because Michigan State is a really, really good club and we took advantage of them early and scored a bunch of runs and really played a very well rounded ball game.”
Clemson’s next battle to face is a three-game series with Notre Dame starting this Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.