Tigers down VMI in Game 1

Tigers down VMI in Game 1

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Tigers down VMI in Game 1

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Jordan Greene’s two-run home run in the seventh inning lifted the 14th-ranked Clemson Tigers to an 8-6 victory over VMI in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

VMI took the lead in the top of the first with a two run home run, but the Tigers battled back in the third inning.

Sam Hall doubled down the left field line to score Bryce Teodosio, who started the inning with bunt down the third base side. Hall later scored on a Logan Davidson grounder to tie the game and then Grayson Byrd singled to right field to score Davis Sharpe, who had a two-out double to keep the inning alive.

The Keydets tied the game in the top of the sixth with a hit batter followed by a double.

Clemson (4-1) regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Teodosio hit a long sacrifice fly to center to score Kyle Wilkie, who opened the inning with single.

Jordan Greene later scored on a passed ball, and with two outs and the bases loaded, Sharpe walked to bring another run home. After six innings, the Tigers led 6-3.

The lead didn’t last long as VMI tied the game with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

But once again, Clemson bounced right back to regain the lead.  Wilkie walked to start the bottom frame of the seventh. Greene followed with a two-home run to left-center field, giving the Tigers its 8-6 lead.

Brooks Crawford got the start for the Tigers. The senior went 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Holt Jones pitched a clean eighth for the Tigers and Carson Spiers finished off the ninth.

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