In what seems so inexplicably impossible, you have to believe it was indeed the Perfect Storm that hit for Clemson today.
Carolina, a team that prides themselves on great defense and pitching struggled intensely today. Call it road game jitters (being the first road game of season), or call it as I did, just the "perfect storm". The Gamecocks who played poorly all game long and couldn't string together hits to save their lives (evidenced by the first 2 runs we scored via solo homers), found some way yet again to get ahead for a short time, 5-3. But then the storm blew in and hit with full force, as through the bottom of the 7th and 8th innings, Carolina's defense and pitching committed 4 errors and 3 wild pitches/passed balls. For a defense/pitching team like the Gamecocks are, that will hopefully be a once in a blue moon kinda ordeal (hence the "perfect storm" theory).
As bad as the defense and pitching was, the bats were not much better, if any better at all. The team totaled 5 hits (2 coming from Walker, and all 5 from the first 5 batters in the lineup), and struck out 8 times to just 2 BB's. The highlights of the night, came via the 2 long balls I mentioned before, from Bradley and Walker.
If there is one thread of hope we can take away from this, it is that the team openly admits the Clemson series last year was the turning point in the season for them, and with a loss more embarrassing perhaps than last years walloping in Columbia, we could get on a real tear from here on out. I will probably put out another (better) write-up on the game and preview of game 3 later on, but this one is real hard to swallow at the moment.