Clemson softball extended its win streak to 18 to become the first women’s program in school history to reach that mark.
The Tigers edged out the orange 4-2 in the first game of a three game series at Skytop Softball Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y.
Cammy Pereira gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth with a one-run single through the right side to score Morgan Johnson. She finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.
Eleventh-ranked Clemson improved to 38-4 overall and 27-4 in the ACC.
Valerie Cagle (24-3) earned the win with a complete game as she allowed five hits, two solo home runs, walked one and struck out ten.
Syracuse opened up the game with a two-out solo home run by Neli Casares-Maher to give it a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Clemson responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third to take its first lead on a two-run homer by Mackenzie Clark to give it a 2-1 advantage.
The Orange bounced right back in the bottom of the inning with another solo home run by Paris Woods to tie the game at 2-2.
In the following frame, Pereira came through for the Tigers with a one-run single through the right side that scored Johnson to give them a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.
In the top of the seventh Clemson added some insurance with a run scoring single by Johnson to bring Carlie Shannon home and give it the final lead of 4-2.
Clemson returns to action on Saturday with a double header against Syracuse beginning at 1 p.m. at Skytop Softball Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y.
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