CLEMSON-USC BASEBALL

Tigers even series with 5-1 win over Gamecocks

From staff reports
Posted 3/4/18

GREENVILLE - The Clemson Tigers evened their 3-game college baseball series with South Carolina with a 5-1 victory on Saturday Fluor Field.

Clemson and the Gamecocks, who won the opener 3-2 on Friday at Founders Park in Columbia, will play the …

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CLEMSON-USC BASEBALL

Tigers even series with 5-1 win over Gamecocks

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GREENVILLE - The Clemson Tigers evened their 3-game college baseball series with South Carolina with a 5-1 victory on Saturday Fluor Field.

Clemson and the Gamecocks, who won the opener 3-2 on Friday at Founders Park in Columbia, will play the rubber game today at 2 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

The Tigers, ranked No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, improved to 9-1 on the season. No. 23 USC dropped to 7-4.

Brooks Crawford, Mat Clark and Ryan Miller combined to allow Carolina to just one run and seven hits.

Crawford started on the mound and gave up just one run on three hits in 4 innings. Clark earned the win by retiring the last batter in the fifth inning. He improved to 2-0.

Miller pitched the final four innings to record his first save of the year.

South Carolina starter Cody Morris suffered the loss, falling to 2-1. He yielded four hits, three runs and six walks with four strikeouts in 3 innings. Four South Carolina pitchers combined to issue 10 walks while allowing seven hits.

The sophomore righty walked the first two batters in the first but snared a comebacker that started a double play and then induced a fly out. In the second, Robert Jolly singled and Drew Wharton had a ground-rule double in right. Morris battled back and struck out the next three batters, keeping the game scoreless.

Clemson did score a run in the third on a sacrifice fly from Patrick Cromwell, but the Gamecocks answered in the top of the fourth as Madison Stokes ended an 11-pitch at-bat with a solo home run over the Green Monster in left-center field.

Stokes went 3-for-4 and Jonah Bride had two more of the Gamecocks' seven hits.

The Tigers' Seth Beer broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly, then Cromwell followed with a run-scoring single. In the fifth inning, Kyle Wilkie ripped a 2-out, 2-run single to double Clemson's lead to 5-1.

Wilkie had two hits and two runs batted in. Cromwell also had two RBI.

In Friday's game, USC tied the game in the eighth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Clemson led 2-1 going to the bottom of the eighth. Matt Williams came on as a pinch hitter and homered to tie the game at 2-2.

In the ninth, Bride drew a walk to start the inning. He went to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on TJ Hopkins' sacrifice fly.

USC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Bride scored on an error. Beer hit a 2-run home run in the sixth to make it 2-1.

Adam Hill started on the mound for USC. He struck out 14 in seven innings, allowing just two hits.