The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 12-1 win over Virginia Tech on Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (26-5, 11-2 ACC) took an early lead in the second as Logan Davidson led off with a single, moved to third on a Robert Jolly single, and came in to score on a wild pitch. The Hokies (17-15, 6-7 ACC) tied the game in the third on a solo homer, but Clemson answered right back as Davidson homered to make it 2-1. The Tigers added to their lead with solo runs in the fourth and fifth thanks to a sac fly from Reed Rohlman and a RBI double from Jolly. Clemson made it 7-1 in the seventh as Jordan Greene hit a two-run double. The Tigers blew the game open in the eighth as they scored six runs on just four hits to win the series opener 12-1.
The game changed in the third inning. After Virginia Tech tied the game in the top of the frame, Davidson hit a no-doubt homer to put Clemson on top for good. From there, the offense started rolling as they scored single runs in four straight innings.
What went right?
Charlie Barnes had another solid Friday night start, allowing a single run on four hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings. Offensively, the Tigers totaled 16 hits as all nine starters recorded at least one hit and Davidson had a game-high four hits. On defense, the Clemson made several nice plays while also turning three double plays.
What went wrong?
The Tigers played one of their better games of the year and the only thing that might even draw negative attention is that they stranded 11 runners on base.