The Clemson Insider takes a look back at No. 7 Clemson’s 5-1 win over No. 23 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Fluor Field to even the traveling weekend rivalry series at one apiece.
The Tigers (9-1) pushed across the game’s first run in the third as Logan Davidson and Seth Beer started the inning with back-to-back singles before a sac fly from Patrick Cromwell made it 1-0. The Gamecocks (7-4) tied the game in the next frame but Clemson answered right back. Grayson Byrd and Bryce Teodosio drew consecutive walks to start the inning before a Beer sac fly and RBI single from Cromwell gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead. Clemson would add two key insurance in the fifth on a big two-out, two-run single from Kyle Wilkie. The Tiger bullpen threw up zeros the rest of the was as Clemson was able to even the series to set up a rubber match tomorrow at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The game changed in the fourth and fifth innings. The Tigers took advantage of two walks in the fourth for two runs to get the lead then used two more walks in the fifth to push across two more insurance runs.
What went right?
Brooks Crawford pitched 4.2 effective innings (one run on three hits) while Mat Clark retired the only batter he faced and Ryan Miller closed it out with 4.0 scoreless innings. Wilkie led Clemson with two hits and two RBI while Cromwell drove in two runs. The Tigers also took advantage of 10 walks.
What went wrong?
Clemson missed some early scoring chances as they stranded 10 runners in the game. Otherwise the Tigers pitched well and played solid defense in the win.