Home runs paired with great outings from Jacob Hennessy and Ryan Miller got the job done for Clemson in Friday afternoon’s matchup against Georgia Tech as the sixth-ranked Tigers defeated the Jackets 3-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Although it was not the best day offensively for Clemson, Seth Beer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the first inning to get things going for the Tigers. Bryce Teodosio also went yard with a solo shot in the third inning and Patrick Cromwell drove in the third run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
“It was one of those things were I knew the guy was going to challenge me with some fastballs,” Beer said after the game. “Also getting moved to the two-hole, I’m still kind of adjusting to being pitched to in certain counts, certain situations. I’m finally starting to find that comfort level and I knew he was going to challenge me.
“It got to a 3-2 count and got a couple of pitches off and I knew he was going to go to his bread and butter which was his 92-94 mph fastball. I was just waiting for that, preparing for that. I saw that ball in the zone and I kind of got excited and I just put a good swing on it.”
Although taking it one game at a time is the mindset, getting this first win under their belt in ACC play is very beneficial.
“I think for us it’s just a big deal because at the end of the day we all stress the whole ACC great teams, great opponents, all that kind of stuff through and through,” Beer said. “I think the biggest thing that we’re taking away from it is that we’re still playing the same game. Today’s win was big for us.
“Obviously (Jacob) Hennessy going out there and throwing a great start. Just the hitters coming through when we need to. That’s a big deal and I feel like tomorrow it kind of gives us a little more confidence and a little bit more energy.”
With an overall record of 13-1 (1-0 ACC), Clemson is off to its best start since the 2010 season. Interestingly enough the Tigers have been outhit in over half of their games this year and have had several come-from-behind wins. However, the ‘down but never out’ mentality of the team has helped them achieve great success in pressure situations.
“Confidence,” Beer said. “And I’m not saying that in a way of having a bunch of guys who are cocky. I would just say that we believe in our team and we believe in the process. We believe in going out there and relying on each other and not just ourselves to come through in big situations.
“I think because of that we kind of have a comfort towards guy to guy one through nine and I believe that’s why we come up in those situations and sometimes come through.”