The Clemson Insider takes a look back at No. 11 Clemson’s 9-1 series-clinching win over No. 10 Dallas Baptist in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers (6-0) started strong again with a four-run second inning. Chris Williams led off with a walk and Robert Jolly singled before Drew Wharton launched a three-run homer to start the scoring. Two batters later, Bryce Teodosio hit his first career homer to make it 4-0. Clemson added another four-spot in the third inning as Jolly hit a RBI single before Wharton struck again with another three-run homer to make it 8-0. The Patriots (3-2) got on the board with a single run in the seventh, but the Tigers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame on a RBI single from Logan Davidson. Spencer Strider would finish out the game for Clemson as they claimed the series with a 9-1 win.
The game changed in the second and third innings. The Tigers jumped on Dallas Baptist early thanks mostly to the bat of Wharton, who drove in six runs in the two innings. Clemson would never look back from the quick start while the Patriots never recovered.
What went right?
Three homers (two from Wharton and one from Teodosio) accounted for seven of the nine runs as the Tigers made their seven hits count. Wharton had a game-high six RBI with his two hits while Jolly also had two hits. Brooks Crawford had a solid start, allowing only three hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings to earn the win while Strider earned his first save with 3.0 innings pitched.
What went wrong?
In a game that was never really in doubt, Clemson only totaled seven hits but took advantage of eight walks and a HBP. The Tigers also walked five in the contest.