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Clemson baseball takes series over Nevada

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Clemson defeated the Nevada Wolfpack in the rubber match on Monday to win the series 2-1

Photo Credit to Ryan Kantor

After having the week off for exams, the Tigers were able to regroup to get a series win over non-conference foe Nevada. After giving up a leadoff homer to Wolfpack shortstop Justin Bridgeman, the Tigers were able to settle in and take a 4-1 lead after a three run fourth inning. Chase Pinder launched a homer in the sixth to put the finishing touches on Clemson’s 5-2 win. Starter Charlie Barnes went 6.1 innings and held the ‘Pack to five hits en route to his fifth win of the season.

On Saturday, Nevada got some early runs as the ‘Pack upset Clemson 7-5. Five hits and a big wild pitch from Alex Eubanks helped Nevada pick up four runs in the third inning. Reed Rohlman had a RBI double and Drew Wharton had a big two RBI single in the eight to bring Clemson within two runs, but the Tigers could not get anything in the bottom of the ninth, and Nevada evened up the series 1-1.

Due to travel restraints for the Wolfpack, Monday’s first pitch was moved up to noon. A series of walks and a Grayson Byrd single allowed Clemson to take a 4-0 lead after the first inning. Logan Davidson scored off of a Nevada balk and Chase Pinder scored off of a Rudy Cox groundout to give Clemson two runs in the second and put the Tigers up 6-1. Nevada manufactured some runs and cut the lead to 6-4 going into the fifth. With two outs left in the fifth, catcher Kyle Wilkie laced a two run triple to put Clemson up 8-4. Reed Rohlman tacked on an insurance run in the eight with a one run homer into the Cajun Cafe to put Clemson up 9-4. Ryley Gilliam was able to hold on to the lead and give Clemson the win. Gilliam earned his fourth save of the year, and starter Pat Krall went six innings to get the win and move his record to 7-1 on the year.

The #8 Tigers are 36-12 on the year and will head to Greenville tomorrow to take on Furman at Flour Field. Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 7:00 PM, and audio can be heard on the Clemson Tigers Sports Network or online at ClemsonTigers.com. Nevada drops to 15-31 overall after Monday. The Wolfpack will host instate foe UNLV this weekend in a three game series in Reno.