Clemson came into Friday night’s game against South Carolina with an undefeated record. Thanks to an exciting bottom of the ninth inning, they didn’t leave with one.
The first half of this game moved along quickly, as the teams were held scoreless for the four and a half innings and only had a couple of base runners each. The Gamecocks finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Jonah Bride led off with a single, Hunter Taylor knocked a base hit with one out, and with two outs, Justin Row hit what looked like a routine pop up, but the ball was dropped, and that error allowed Bride to come home.
That lead was short-lived though, because Clemson’s Seth Beer homered in the sixth inning to put the Tigers up 2-1.
South Carolina tied things up in the eighth inning, courtesy of a leadoff homer by pinch hitter Matt Williams. After Clemson went down in order in the top of the ninth, Bride walked to start the bottom of the inning, then advanced all the way to third on another Clemson error. Noah Campbell walked with one out, and then TJ Hopkins came through with a sac fly that got pinch runner Danny Blair home and gave the Gamecocks the victory.
Starter Adam Hill cruised through seven innings, striking out a total of 14 batters, including seven in a row at one point. He only allowed two hits and also walked two batters. While Hill did give up the homer to Beer, his night overall was fantastic, and any guy who strikes out 14 batters in back to back outings is fine by me. Sawyer Bridges and Eddy Demurias also pitched in this game. While Bridges struggled a bit, Demurias did a great job bouncing back after his last rough outing.
With the win South Carolina improves to 7-3 on the season, while Clemson is now 9-1. They’ll meet again tomorrow in Greenville, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. Cody Morris will be the Gamecocks’ starting pitcher.