Tigers clinch weekend series, win 9th straight

Tigers clinch weekend series, win 9th straight

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Tigers clinch weekend series, win 9th straight

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Clemson outfielder Morgan Johnson hit her second career home run on a three-run shot to centerfield with two outs in the top of the sixth to propel the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over Virginia in Game 2 of a doubleheader Saturday.

Clemson, who has now won nine straight games, beat the Cavaliers 5-3 in the first game at Palmer Park in Charlottesville, Va.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 12-2 overall and 7-2 in ACC play, while Virginia fell to 6-8 and 2-6 in league games.

Freshman righty Regan Spencer (4-0) earned the win after pitching five innings. Second-year freshman Valerie Cagle earned her second consecutive save – and third of the season – after entering Saturday’s second contest in the bottom of the sixth.

Virginia’s Molly Grube (0-1) suffered the loss.

Spencer held the Cavaliers scoreless for 3 1/3 innings innings before they took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Virginia added to its lead in the fifth on an RBI single to centerfield.

After Johnson’s three-run shot flipped the score in Clemson’s favor, the Tigers extended their lead to 4-2 thanks to an error, which allowed Casey Bigham to score from second.

Both Johnson and Clemson first baseman Kyah Keller went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Clemson is now 6-0 in the all-time series against the Cavaliers. The Tigers and Virginia return to Palmer Park on Sunday to wrap up the four-game series.

photo and story is courtesy of Clemson Athletics Communications

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