Sweep!! Tigers walk-off Boston College in the bottom of the ninth
|Sunday, March 8, 2020, 4:08 PM- -|
CLEMSON – Clemson’s bats are starting to come to life.
Clemson came back from a 6-3 deficit and scored the winning run on a slide by Sam Hall in the bottom of the ninth in defeating Boston College 7-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on the sun-splashed Sunday afternoon. Clemson swept the opening ACC series of the season and improves to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC while Boston College falls to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Davis Sharpe walked on four pitches to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-runner Sam Hall stole second – he was called safe after a review – and moved to third on Chad Fairey’s sacrifice bunt. The Eagles brought the infield in and James Parker hit a slow roller to short on the first pitch. Hall was off at the crack of the bat and beat the throw to plate for the 7-6 win.
The Eagles answered with two runs in the top of the second on a homer and two doubles, but Clemson scored two runs of its own. Adam Hackenberg was hit by a pitch and Bo Majkowski walked. Elijah Henderson smacked a two-run double down the third-base line and Clemson led 3-2.
The Eagles chased Clemson starter Spencer Strider in the third with two singles and two walks and took a 4-3 lead, and then scored two more in the top of the fifth for a 6-3 lead.
The Tigers loaded the bases with no out in the bottom of the frame, and James Parker rolled into a double play that scored the run to make it 6-4. Davis Sharpe doubled to lead off the seventh, and Parker doubled down the third-base line and Sharpe was thrown out at the plate. Parker advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score on Hackenberg’s single to right to make it 6-5.
Brewer walked and Henderson singled to open the eighth, and Kier Meredith reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners with one out. Hawkins flew out to left and Brewer scored to tie the score at 6-6, but Meredith was thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
The Tigers host a pair of midweek games this week. Presbyterian comes calling at 6 pm Tuesday and Winthrop travel to TigerTown for a 6 pm start on Wednesday. Clemson returns to ACC action next weekend, traveling to Wake Forest for a three-game set.