ACC Tournament Notebook: Day Four
After earning the day off Friday, the Tigers made up for lost time Saturday. Clemson left 19 runners on base in the first game of the day against the Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets won in 10 innings 8-7, as closer Daniel Moskos could not hold onto to a two-run lead in the ninth. The Tigers and Yellow Jackets went back and forth in the night cap. Georgia Tech scored two runs in the eigth to tie the game at six apiece after Taylor Harbin hit a solo home run in the top eighth. While most of the east coast was soundly asleep, the bats woke up with a vengence. Clemson scored 10 runs in the ninth, including a two-run triple by senior catcher Adrian Casanova. Georgia Tech would score five runs before Clemson ended the rally with a 16-11 victory to advance to the ACC Championship.
The Tigers will face NC State, who had to play two against Florida State on Saturday. The Wolfpack advanced by defeating FSU 8-7 in their second game in dramatic fashion. The Seminoles had a runner on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. FSU hit a low line drive in between third and short, which caught by a diving third baseman to seal the victory for the Wolfpack.
No starting pitchers have been announced, though it is likely Clemson will start P.J. Zocchi and hope to get three or four innings from Zocchi. Zocchi is coming off of three days rest, but he may be the hottest pitcher Clemson has right now. The Tigers still have Alex Martin, Drew Fiorenza, and Matt Vaughn out of the bullpen. Steve Richard and Ryan Hinson would also be available, if needed today.
Injury Update: Senior Josh Cribb left the first game in the fourth inning with a blister on his middle finger, but the trainers indicate he will be fine for next weekend's regional.