Tigers Overtake Gamecocks 7-5
Clemson capped off the regular season series with South Carolina with a bang. Down 4-3 in the top of the 9th inning, Clemson scored four runs to lead them to a 7-5 victory.
Ben Hall led off the inning with an infield single. Herman Demmink then followed with a walk. Demmink attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but South Carolina close Brent Marsh could not find the strike zone. Brad Chalk then moved the runners up into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Taylor Harbin was next up to bat.
Harbin hits a slow grounder to third, but Daniel Pritchard, who pinch ran for Hall, got a great jump off the bat eliminating a play at the plate and Harbin beat the throw at first. Tyler Colvin flied out to the left center for the second out of the inning. Kris Harvey then hit the mute button on Sarge Frye Field with a towering three run homer that landed in the softball field behind the left field wall.
Josh Cribb received the win coming on in relief. If Harvey's home run was the play of the game, Cribb had a class second. It was the bottom of the eighth inning, there was a runner on third with one out and the Gamecocks were threatening to go up 5-3. Cribb strikes out Mark Stanley on a full count, and works his way out of the inning forcing Ian Paxton into an infield pop up.
Tyler Colvin won the Bob Bradley Award for Clemson, and he capped his strong performances against USC tonight with an inside the park home run.
This win gives the Tigers great momentum heading to Raleigh this weekend for a three game set against NC State. The Wolfpack is 16-2 at home this year and will present a big challenge for the young surging Tigers.