The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 6-5 win in 11 innings over Charleston Southern on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (29-5) took an early lead with a run in the second inning. Logan Davidson drew a one-out walk and stole second base before coming in to score on an Andrew Cox RBI single. The Buccaneers (16-15) tied the game in the third with a solo homer before taking a 5-1 lead in the fourth with four runs on six hits. Clemson cut the lead to 5-4 in the sixth. Reed Rohlman led off with a single and Chris Williams singled with one-out before Logan Davidson hit his sixth homer of the season to bring the Tigers within one. Clemson battled to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth as Chase Pinder drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Rohlman HBP. After Pinder advanced to third on a fly out, he came in to score on a Williams sacrifice fly. Both teams had chances to score in extras before the Tigers broke through in the bottom of the 11th inning as Andrew Cox singled to right with the bases loaded to give Clemson the 6-5 win.
The game featured several momentum swings, but the biggest came in the Tigers final inning. Rohlman got the inning started with a single and moved to third on a Williams single. After Davidson worked a walk to load the bases, Cox lined 3-1 pitch into right field to plate Rohlman and give Clemson the walk off win.
What went right?
Five Tiger relievers (Jacob Hennessey, Patrick Andrews, Ryley Gilliam, Brooks Crawford, and Jeremy Beasley) combined to toss 7.2 scoreless innings and limited Charleston Southern to only four hits. Davidson drove in a game-high three runs while Rohlman and Cox, who also had two RBI, led the offensive attack with three hits each.
What went wrong?
Despite several web gems in the field, Clemson committed two errors but neither proved costly. The Tigers stranded 14 runners in the game (three to end the game), including in the eighth inning where they loaded the bases with no outs only to see three consecutive strikeouts.