South Carolina wins the series. (Photo courtesy of CUAD)
Andrew Eyster and the Gamecocks did it again, walking away from the Tigers in the bottom of the last inning.
A day after winning 3-2 on Eyster’s single in the bottom of the 11th, Eyster pitched a single to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as No. 17 from South Carolina defeated Clemson 8 -7 on Sunday afternoon. at Founders Park.
Clemson reliever Evan estridge Sandwich walks around two outs, but gave up the game-winning hit to Eyster. South Carolina improves to 6-0 with the victory and wins the season series. Clemson falls to 3-2 with the loss. The final game of the series will be played on May 11 at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Tigers wasted no time taking a quick lead. Bryar hawkins walked with two outs on top of the first and went on to score with a double to left-center field by James parker, giving Clemson a 1-0 lead.
Red-hot Wes Clarke homered on a 1-1 pitch in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 1-1 and stayed that way until the top of the fifth.
Dylan brewer he walked on a 3-2 pitch to open the inning, and with one out, Hawkins singled up the right side to move Brewer to third. Hawkins stole the second with two outs, and Jonathan French he followed that up with a two-run double to right field that gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
The advantage did not last long as the Gamecocks chased the starter Ty olenchuk at the bottom of the frame. Braylen Wimmer homered to open the inning, and later in the inning Clarke hit a three-run shot to give the Gamecocks a 5-3 lead.
Olenchuk pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs without walking and striking out six. Reliever Mat clark gave up most of the damage, being scored by three runs in just 1 2/3 innings.
The seventh was a great inning for the Tigers. Davis sharpe he walked to open the inning, but Hawkins forced him to second with a groundout. Parker then singled to left field and French walked to load the bases with one out. Pinch hitter Alex Urban he was safe with a single by Hawkins to make it 5-4.
Pinch hitter Regan Reid he singled to center, scoring French and Parker to make it 6-5 at Clemson. Max wagner he hit a perfect touch that Urban scored, and Clemson led 7-5.
The Gamecocks took advantage of a pitching error in the bottom half of the inning to score two runs, however they tied the game at 7-7.
The Tigers were the beneficiaries of a fluke in the top of the ninth. Parker opened the inning and hit a high fly to center, and it seemed as if the wind was moving the ball enough to cause center fielder Noah Myers to drop it on an error.
French struck out, but Urban singled to right field to put the runners on first and second with one out. The Gamecocks went to the bullpen, replacing Andrew Peters with Will Sanders. Reid got close to a pick play that forced Reid, but moved Parker to third with two outs. However, a fly ended the threat, leaving that game tied at 7-7.
South Carolina plays Winthrop (the Gamecocks hosted the Eagles last week and won 12-4) on Tuesday and then they’ll host Mercer for a three-game series starting Friday. The Tigers host East Tennessee Stadium at 4 p.m. Tuesday, then begin the ACC game on Friday with a three-game home series against Notre Dame.
Evan Estridge, Bryar Hawkins, James Parker, Dylan Brewer, Jonathan French, Ty Olenchuk, Mat Clark, Davis Sharpe, Alex Urban, Regan Reid, Max Wagner
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