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Clemson led by seven and then fell behind by two runs, but the Tigers rallied in the ninth to take the win. (Clemson athletics photo)
Clemson led by seven and then fell behind by two runs, but the Tigers rallied in the ninth to take the win. (Clemson athletics photo)

No. 2 Tigers give up big lead but rally in ninth to top 49ers


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No. 2 Clemson scored four runs in the ninth inning, capped by Jacob Jarrell’s two-out, two-run double, in its 14-12 win over Charlotte at Truist Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who won the season series 2-0, improved to 37-10, while the 49ers dropped to 22-27.

Cam Cannarella’s two-out triple and Jimmy Obertop’s two-out single both brought home a run in the first inning. In the second inning, Nolan Nawrocki belted a run-scoring double and scored on a two-out wild pitch. Obertop laced a solo homer, his 16th of the year, in the top of the third inning, then Charlotte scored two two-out runs in the bottom of the third inning.

The Tigers plated four runs in the top of the fourth inning to build a 9-2 lead. Nawrocki scored on a wild pitch, then Jacob Hinderleider blasted a three-run homer, his 11th of the year, to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. The 49ers responded with five unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after a costly error, capped by Shane Taylor’s two-out grand slam to narrow Clemson’s lead to 9-7.

In the top of the fifth inning, Alden Mathes lofted a sacrifice fly, then Dante DeFranco ripped a two-out, run-scoring double in the bottom of the fifth inning. Carson Bayne led off the seventh inning with a home run to cut Clemson’s lead in half, then DeFranco lined a two-out double to score the tying run later in the frame. Kaden Hopson followed with a two-run homer to give Charlotte the lead.

In the ninth inning, Tristan Bissetta hit a sacrifice fly, then Jack Crighton hit his first career triple with two outs to score the tying run from first base. Jarrell followed with a high flyable off the wall in left field for a two-run double.

Jacob McGovern (2-0) earned the win, while Austin Gordon pitched the ninth inning to record his eighth save of the year. Joseph Taylor (2-2) suffered the loss.

The Tigers travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to play a three-game series at No. 12 Wake Forest, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.


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