CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Clemson held on for a 9-8 win Sunday at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va., to sweep Virginia in the three-game series.
Ryley Gilliam got his third save of the weekend and his 10th overall as he came in with one put and the bases load in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the eighth-ranked Tigers’ win.
The victory gives Clemson a 10-2 record in ACC road games, the best start for a Clemson team since the ACC went to at least 12 ACC road games in 1992.
Jake Higginbotham got the start for the Tigers, but he had an early exit. Higginbotham went just three and 2/3 innings and gave up four hits, four runs and three earned runs.
The Cavaliers (24-20, 9-15 ACC) took the lead with one run in the first and another in the second.
However, Clemson took control in the third inning as Patrick Cromwell blasted a lead-off home run to right field to make the score 2-1.
Sam Hall then singled up the middle, and with one out Logan Davidson doubled down the left field line advancing Hall to third. Seth Beer was walked to load the bases for Chris Williams, who singled to left to score Hall and Davidson for a 3-2 lead.
A wild pitch moved Beer and Williams to second and third and Kyle Wilkie singled to score both runners for a 5-2 lead.
“We hit the ball very well. We scored early,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee told The Clemson Insider afterward. “We had a great third inning. We had a big inning in the third.”
Hall hit his first home run of his career in the fourth inning, as the solo shot to left was followed by a one out double by Davidson. Beer singled to score Davidson and Clemson led 7-2.
Virginia fought back and plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Tigers added some insurance in the sixth.
Davidson again got a hit, this time with one out, and with two down Williams hit a long home run to left center for a 9-4 advantage.
It was Williams’ 13th home run of the season.
Ryan Miller had another strong performance in relief, but ran into trouble in the eighth. He left in the eighth after walking the bases loaded and giving up a single.
The final line on Miller was three and 1/3 innings with three hits, four runs and four earned runs.
Virginia plated four runs in the eighth in all and would have tied the game if not for a great play Wilkie behind the plate. A pitch got by the cather with the bases loaded, but bounced back to him and he was able to tag out the runner coming home for the final out of the eighth.
The Tigers lead just 9-8 at the time.
“Logan Davidson swung the bat well all weekend,” Lee said. “He scored three runs today and then Sam Hall. He had a heck of a weekend. He had two hits, drove in a run. He had a home run.”
Clemson moved to 34-11 overall and 17-7 in the ACC with the win. The Tigers host Florida State for a series next weekend that begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m.