Tigers claw back with late homers in win over Wofford

Tigers claw back with late homers in win over Wofford

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Tigers claw back with late homers in win over Wofford

Clemson rallied overcoming a pair two run deficits against Wofford Tuesday night capping off a 6-3 victory. The Tigers extended their midweek streak to 17 games dating back to May of 2016.

A pair of home runs from Logan Davidson and Justin Hawkins coupled with struggles from the Wofford bullpen gave Clemson life late leading to a big seventh inning that saw four Tiger runners cross the plate.

Clemson head coach Monte Lee thought the two home runs brought new life to his team when they needed it most.

“We got a little fired up after that, we were just waiting for something to happen,” Lee said. “I told the team it would just take one guy to hit it on the barrel and we’ll get this thing going.”

Carson Spiers entered in relief earning the win with three and 2/3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out two. Coach Lee was impressed with the quality relief appearance from Spiers.

“We stretched Carson out tonight and I don’t think we win this game without him pitching as effectively as he did keeping them at bay,” he said. “He did a great job tonight.”

Wofford jumped out early with two outs in the top of the first jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, after Orzel laced a two out double scoring Nathanson and Miller.

In the bottom of the fifth, Clemson cut Wofford’s lead to 2-1 on Wharton’s RBI groundout.

Patrick Cromwell and Chris Williams walked to start the frame and advanced to scoring position on Robert Jolly’s sacrifice bunt. After a pitching chance Wharton grounded out to the third baseman scoring Cromwell making it 2-1.

The Terriers answered with a run in the top of the fifth thanks to a leadoff double by Malsch who scored on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

After a pair of walks and an error by Wofford Clemson threatened in the bottom of the fifth loading up the bases with two outs for Chris Williams. However, Wofford pitcher Tyler McGuigan continued to evade Tiger hitters with his sidearm approach forcing Williams to ground to short, ending the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth Justin Hawkins hit a solo homerun cutting Wofford’s lead to 3-2. Hawkins took a 1-0 pitch and hit a no doubter to left center with two outs to shave the Terrier lead to 3-2.

Logan Davidson delivered the equalizer in the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot to right field over the Cajun Café tying the contest at three and giving life to the Clemson dugout.

Wofford proceeded to load the bases before Robert Jolly reached on an error by the left fielder scoring Seth Beer and giving Clemson its first lead of the game 4-3. Reginelli walked in a pair of runs giving the Tigers a 6-3 lead they would not relinquish.

Clemson is back in action Tuesday night in Greenville, SC at Fluor Field as the designated road team against Michigan State.

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