Tigers clinch series over No. 4 Cards with late Grice HR


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Caden Grice hit his fourth home of the series and is up to 10 RBIs on the weekend.  (ACC file photo)
Caden Grice hit his fourth home of the series and is up to 10 RBIs on the weekend. (ACC file photo)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Caden Grice’s solo homer in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Clemson to a 5-4 win over No. 4 Louisville at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, won their fifth game in a row and improved to 20-18 overall and 14-12 in the ACC. The Cardinals dropped to 23-13 overall and 14-8 in ACC play.

Grice slapped a two-out, run-scoring single in the first inning, then Henry Davis tied the score in the third inning with a two-out, run-scoring single. In the top of the fourth inning, Christian Knapczyk lined a two-out, two-run double to give the Cardinals the lead, then they added another run in the frame on an error.

After the Tigers scored a run on an error in the bottom of the fourth inning, they took advantage of another error in the fifth inning to tie the score 4-4 with two runs. With one out in the eighth inning, Grice laced an opposite-field home run, his fourth of the series and 12th of the year, to give Clemson the lead.

Geoffrey Gilbert (3-4) earned the win in relief, while Nick Hoffmann recorded his second save of the year. Tiger starter Keyshawn Askew pitched a career-high-tying 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs (two earned) and no walks with a career-high 10 strikeouts. Tate Kuehner (3-4) suffered the loss.

The series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. Sunday is Senior Day, as Clemson honors its seniors during a pregame ceremony at 1:40 p.m.


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