In Game 2 of the Clemson Regional on Friday, No. 1 seed Clemson defeated No. 4 seed UNC Greensboro 5-4. Clemson will face off against No. 2 seed Vanderbilt Saturday at 7 p.m.
After the game the media spoke with head coach Monte Lee, starting pitcher Alex Eubanks, outfielder Weston Jackson, and pitcher Pat Krall. Here is what we heard:
“What an intense ball game tonight,” said Lee. “Two teams that played very, very complete games. Great atmosphere tonight. Great support from our fans and they made a huge difference. First I’d like to talk a little about UNC Greensboro. That is a really good ball club. Their lineup is as good as a lot of lineups in the ACC. They do a really good job of putting together at-bats. Link Jarrett and their coaching staff have done a great job.”
Lee then turned his focus toward his own team and discussed how the Tigers’ pitching and defense were the keys to their victory Friday night.
“The game really boiled down to pitching and defense for us,” he said. “I thought we pitched extremely well. Alex Eubanks was really, really good. We held them to solo home runs, which is a testament to our pitching and our defense. We did a really good job of limiting the free pass.”
Alex Eubanks pitched an excellent game going 7 2/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits, only walked one and struck out five.
Every time you pitch you’re able to grow,” Eubanks said. “I try to grow each and every week and no matter how it goes, good or bad, you try to take what you can each week and move that on to the next game.”
Eubanks earned the win in Friday’s game while Krall got the save after taking the mound in the top of the 9th inning after Ryley Gilliam, who pitched 1/3 of an inning Friday, gave up a leadoff home run to Cesar Trejo.
“It’s kind of nice coming out of the bullpen again,” said Krall. “It was a good feeling coming in in the ninth with a lead at home in front of that kind of crowd. For me it was just making pitches and giving our team a chance to win any way I can. Whether it be starting or coming out of the bullpen, for me it’s just going into a game where I can help us win.”
Jackson helped his team at the plate tonight, going 1-for-4 with a timely single that scored two runs allowing Clemson to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Seth Beer who hit in front of Jackson, was intentionally walked in his first three at-bats so UNCG could pitch to Jackson.
Jackson was asked if his teammates and/or coaches were giving him encouragement in that situation or if they were letting him be to gather his own thoughts.
“They were giving me some encouragement,” Jackson said. “One thing I found out throughout this whole season is how big staying positive is through your at-bats. Don’t let one at-bat effect your next one because your next one is probably going to be the biggest at-bat of the game and that’s kind of how you have to treat it.”
“They gave me plenty of opportunities and I didn’t get it done the first two times. I just stayed positive, stayed aggressive and didn’t really take offense to it. Seth is a great hitter and hitting behind him you’re going to come across those situations so I was glad I was able to deliver for my team right there.”