CLEMSON, SC — No. 11 Clemson pounded No. 10 Dallas Baptist University 12-1 Friday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Chris Williams went 4-for-4 for the Tigers with four RBIs and was just a triple away from hitting for the cycle.
“It was just a very impressive ballgame tonight. We had a great crowd here tonight and a top ten club in Dallas Baptist. It was a great atmosphere. I thought our guys probably couldn’t have played a better baseball game,” said coach Lee following the win.
Jacob Hennessy pitched a gem for the Tigers going 6.1 innings and only giving up three hits and no runs with eight strikeouts. Carson Spiers, Mat Clark, Bryce Bowen and Bo Gobin finished out the game.
“Jacob Hennessy was outstanding. Six and a third, three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts,” said coach Lee.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead with some two-out magic in the first. Patrick Cromwell singled to right before Williams doubled down the left-field line to score Cromwell. Williams advanced to third on a wild pitch and just beat the tag at home on another wild pitch. Clemson led 2-0 after the first.
In the second the Tigers added to their lead. Drew Wharton hit his first career home run, a solo shot to make it 3-0 Clemson.
The Tigers kept it going in the third. With one out Cromwell singled to right. Williams doubled to left advancing Cromwell to third, and Robert Jolly doubled down to left field making it 5-0 Clemson.
In the bottom of the fifth Cromwell walked with one out. Chris Williams hit a two-run bomb to left field. Jolly then singled to left and advanced to third on a single by Wharton. Grayson Byrd singled up the middle to score Jolly. After five the Tigers led 8-0.
Clemson added some insurance in the sixth. With one out Cromwell walked and then Williams was hit by a pitch. Jolly doubled down the left-field line to score Cromwell. Wharton flied out to center to score Williams from third. Byrd singled up the middle again to score Jolly and the Tigers led 11-0.
In the seventh Williams drove in another run. Logan Davidson walked with one out and advanced to second on Seth Beer’s single. Williams singled to left to score Davidson and the lead stretched to 12-0.
The Patriots got on the board with one run in the top of the ninth.
Clemson moved to 5-0 on the season with the win. Due to weather concerns for Sunday a doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday with the first game starting at 1 p.m.