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Tigers Sweep in Boston

My apologies for the lack of a preview, too much going on with work last week to crank something out in time.

Clemson's schedule is going to be a good bit easier starting from this weekend. We've played ranked opponents almost every weekend since February, and now there aren't many left to worry with. We'll face a quality Miami in Coral Gables, which I think is winnable, GT in Clemson where the home team usually wins, and a road series to end the season against FSU. Clemson should end up ranked by the time we face the Noles because every series is winnable in my mind.

Clemson needed to get the sweep here on the road against an 0-11 BC team and set ourselves up for a run, mission accomplished. You have to beat the teams youre supposed to beat.

Friday - Clemson 7-5

Jack finally listened and played Joe Costigan, and he went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and pushed Clemson to a 7-5 win with a 6 run 7th inning.

Daniel Gossett (W, 4-2) started and was OK, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) in 6 2/3 thanks to some sloppyness around him as well as some sloppy control. He allowed only 3 hits, but walked 7 batters with 2 errors behind him by Tyler Krieger (1 in 4th, another in 7th). Schnell and Erwin combined to shut down BC afterwards.

The Tigers were down 2-1 heading into the 7th, having been unable to break through against Hunter Gordon. SS Tyler Krieger led off with a 2B and Brittle walked. Jay Baum dropped a bunt that the pitcher botched to load the bases. After that, Slaton singled one home, Duggar got another on a groundout to 2nd, and 2 wild pitches plated another before they pulled the pitcher. Joe Costigan cleared the bases later with a double and giving Clemson a 7-2 lead.

BC scored 3 in the bottom of the frame but Clemson held on to it.

Slaton finished 3-for-5 and Kennedy went 2-for-4, each had a single RBI.

Saturday - Clemson 9-2

Clemson jumped up 4-0 in the 1st and cruised behind Clate Schmidt (W, 3-1). He gave up six hits, two runs, and five walks with two strikeouts. Andrews pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and no runs.

The Tigers wasted little time take the game's first lead in the first. Slaton led off with a single and Brittle reached on a bunt. After both runners moved up on a wild pitch, Boulware grounded out to short to plate Slaton. Kennedy then lofted a sac fly to score Brittle. Costigan drew a walk and Duggar then singled. A pickoff attempt to first was bad, allowing Costigan to score. Duggar also scored on the play when the throw to third base was worse to give Clemson a 4-0 lead.

In the second, McGibbon led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout to short, and moved to third on Slaton's groundout to second. Brittle reached on an error by shortstop Joe Cronin, allowing McGibbon to score. Kennedy reached on a one-out bunt single in the third inning and scored on Costigan's double down the right-field line.

Another one we've been pushing to get ABs was Mike Triller, who doubled and later scored.

Kennedy, Slaton and Brittle all went 2-for-4 with 5 runs scored combined.

Sunday - Clemson 1-0

On one of those foul weather Boston days, Matt Crownover outpitched Andrew Chin to get his 4th victory by the slimmest of margins. Over 6 1/3, Crownover allowed only 4 hits and walked 1, while striking out 4. Matt Campbell finished it for his 6th Save and did not allow a single hit.

The Tigers scored their lone run in the 6th. With 1 out, Steven Duggar singled up the middle followed by a Krieger single to left. Jon McGibbon followed with a single to score Duggar. The next two Tigers struck out swinging to end the threat.

Clemson left 10 men on base on the day. We left em loaded in the 3rd and 2 on in the 5th and 6th innings.

Slaton went 3-for-3 and Krieger 2-for-4 to lead the hitting.

The Tigers face Western Carolina on Tuesday in NC.