CLEMSON, SC — TCI looks back at Clemson’s 6-4 loss to Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (37-14, 16-10 ACC) jumped out to a quick lead with a first inning run. Logan Davidson drew a leadoff walk and stole second before a two-out RBI single from Seth Beer made it 1-0. Clemson extended their lead in the third as Davidson reached on a one-out single before Chase Pinder hit a two-run homer into the left field bleachers to make it 3-0. The Tigers added another run in the fourth as Andrew Cox launched a homer to right center to stretch the lead to 4-0. The Cardinals (45-6, 22-4 ACC) cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth behind a solo homer and a two-run shot. Louisville would take their first lead in the eighth as another solo homer and another two-run homer made it 6-4 and allowed them to take the game and the series.
The game changed in the eighth inning. Clinging to a 4-3 lead, the Tigers headed to the bullpen to start the top of the frame. Jeremy Beasley allowed a leadoff homer to tie the game and a single two batters later. Ryley Gilliam entered to attempt to shut down the rally, but was greeted with a two-run homer that gave the Cardinals the lead for good.
What went right?
Clemson wasted a nice start by Eubanks, who allowed three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Pinder and Cox each continued their strong hitting with two hits apiece in the Tigers eight-hit attack. Clemson made several web gems on defense as they did not commit an error in the contest.
What went wrong?
The Tigers could not hold on to an early 4-0 lead as they managed only three hits over the final five innings. Clemson pitching gave up 13 hits, including two doubles and four homers.