CLEMSON, SC — TCI takes a look back at Clemson’s 5-4, 10-inning win over William & Mary in the season opener for both teams on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
After four scoreless innings, the Tribe (0-1) broke through with three runs off a three-run homer from Ryan Hall. The Tigers (1-0) chipped into the lead in the sixth as Bryce Teodosio led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a single from Logan Davidson. Drew Wharton followed with a sac fly to cut the deficit to 3-1. William & Mary got the run back and took a 4-1 but Clemson mounted a rally in the ninth to tie the game. With two outs, Seth Beer was hit by a pitch and Chris Williams doubled before a Robert Jolly single scored both and made it 4-3. After walks to Grayson Byrd and Kyle Wilkie loaded the bases, pinch runner Sam Hall came in to tie the game on a wild pitch. In the 10th, Teodosio led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Wharton drew a HBP and Beer was intentionally walked to load the bases for Williams who drove a pitch into the outfield for a walk-off single that gave Clemson a 5-4 win.
The game changed in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jolly was down to his last strike but kept the game alive with his big hit and keep the inning going. Kyle WIlkie also had a crucial at-bat, as he fouled off several pitches before drawing a walk.
What went right?
Overall, the Tigers pitched well as the staff did not allow a walk or HBP with 15 strikeouts. The bullpen only allowed a single run on three hits in 5.1 innings. Offensively, Clemson started very slow but was led by two hits each from Davidson, Williams, and Teodosio. The Tigers did not commit an error.
What went wrong?
Clemson started very slow offensively as they had only one hit through five innings. Otherwise it was a pretty successful Opening Day for the Tigers.