The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 11-8 win over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (38-15) jumped out to a quick lead with a two-run first inning. Logan Davidson led off the frame with a solo homer followed by a two-out RBI double from Weston Jackson to make it 2-0. Clemson added another run in the second as Seth Beer lined a two-out RBI single extending the lead to 3-0. The Chanticleers (34-18-1) got a run back in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-1, but the Tigers answered with back-to-back two-run innings. In the fourth, Reed Rohlman launched a two-out, two-run homer and Weston Jackson hit a two-run shot of his own in the fifth to put Clemson out in front 7-1. Coastal Carolina clawed back in the game in the sixth as the first four batters of the inning reached base and two homers made it 7-5. The Chanticleers cut the lead to 7-6 in the seventh with a solo homer before taking an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth behind a two-run double. The Tigers fought back in the bottom of the inning as Beer launched a grand slam to give Clemson the hard-fought 11-8 win.
The game had multiple momentum swings as the Tigers charged out to a 7-1 lead only to see Coastal Carolina plate seven unanswered runs to take an 8-7 lead to the bottom of the eighth inning. In that inning, Robert Jolly led off with a walk and Grayson Byrd reached on an errant throw on a sac bunt. Following a successful sac bunt from Davidson, the Chanticleers elected to intentionally walk Rohlman to face Beer. Beer made them pay as he drove a two-strike pitch over the right-centerfield wall for a grand slam and Ryley Gilliam closed out the game in the ninth to give Clemson the much-needed victory.
What went right?
The Tigers offense came alive, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits. Beer and Jackson led the hit parade with three hits each while combining to drive in eight runs (Beer – 5, Jackson – 3). Clemson came up with several clutch hits throughout the game as they had four two-out RBI and Beer came up with the biggest hit late when his team needed him the most. Gilliam had a strong outing out of the bullpen as he did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings while striking out three to earn his third win of the season.
What went wrong?
The Tigers blew a 7-1 lead as Tyler Jackson’s night was done in the fifth inning after four runs on seven hits and the bullpen gave up four more runs over the next 2.1 innings. Overall, Clemson pitchers allowed 12 hits, including three doubles and three homers.