With the game tied with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marissa Guimbarda snacked a double to right field to score Valerie Cagle from first base, as No. 16 Clemson escaped McWhorter Stadium with a 4-3 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Friday in Clemson.
The Tigers won the first game, 9-3. They have now won 15 straight games.
“It’s special to win games and when you’re on a win streak, it’s great obviously,” head coach John Rittman said afterwards. “I told our team, good teams find ways to win games and we keep finding different ways to win whether it’s pitching, hitting, home runs, or manufacturing runs. We score runs in a bunch of different ways, but with [Valerie] Cagle, Millie [Thompson], and Regan [Spencer], they pitched extremely well and kept us in games long enough for us to find a way to win.”
Clemson improves to 35-4 overall and 24-4 in conference play with the win. Spencer earned the win in the circle for her sixth of the season. The righty finished off the night only allowing one hit with two strikeouts in her 1.2 innings of work.
Cagle got the Tigers on the board first once again with a solo homer to left field, her second of the day, to put the Tigers up 1-0 after one.
Clemson stayed hot at the plate into the second, tacking on two more runs thanks to a two-run bomb to left center field by freshman McKenzie Clark.
NC State came up with an answer in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer to left field from Randi Farricker and outfielder Brigette Nordberg’s RBI-double to tie it up 3-3.
Guimbarda won the game for the Tigers in the seventh with her clutch double to bring in Cagle for the winning run. Cagle drew a one-out walk on four pitches to get the rally started.
The Tigers return to action Saturday for Game 3 of the four-game series against State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.