Tigers Rally Past USC in Ninth

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Clemson loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and Brian Ellis came through with a two-run single with two outs to give Clemson a 5-4 win over South Carolina in front of 5,237 at Tiger Field, Wednesday night.

South Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Trey Dyson reached on a strikeout and a passed ball. Marcus McBeth drove Dyson in, with a triple down the right field line off Clemson starter Mike Proto. McBeth then scored on a squeeze by batter Bryon Jeffcoat.

Clemson tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Kurt Bultmann led off the inning with a home run over the left field fence. Khalil Greene drove in Brian Ellis with a double to the centerfield wall to tie the game, 2-2.

The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Henri Stanley led off the inning with a double over the head of center fielder Marcus McBeth. Two batters later, Bultmann gave Clemson a 3-2 lead with a double to right field. It was Bultmann's 78th double of his career, a Clemson record.

South Carolina took the lead back int the sixth, 4-3. Adam Poe and Marcos Rios both walked and were driven in on a double by a Dyson hit, down the right field line.

The Gamecocks threatened to break the game open in the seventh. They loaded the bases on a single by Brian Roberts and 2 walks with 2 outs .Reliever Chris Heck struck out South Carolina catcher Marcos Rio to end the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, leadoff batter Bradley LeCroy reached first on an error by South Carolina second baseman Jay Lambert. Henri Stanley popped to the catcher, trying to bunt Lecroy to second. Gamecock reliever Scott Barber struck out Patrick Boyd. Lecroy advanced to third on a single to left by Bultmann. South Carolina's Jason Pomar walked Jason Harris to lead the bases. Ellis singled to score LeCroy and Bultmann and win the game for Clemson.

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