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Tigers Take Series from #14 Louisville

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Clemson baseball got back on track with a big weekend series win over the #14 Cardinals

Morehead State v Louisville Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Game 1: Clemson 3 Louisville 1

The Tigers got up on the Cards early when Kyle Wilkie ripped a second inning double to score Drew Wharton and Robert Jolly and give Clemson the 2-0 lead. Louisville struck in the bottom of the inning, but the Tigers responded later in the fourth when Wharton knocked in Chris Williams with a double. The Tigers held the 3-1 lead behind a gem from starting pitcher Jacob Hennessy. Hennessy went 7.1 innings, allowed five hits but held the Cards to just one run. He walked one, but struck out six. Hennessy moves to 2-1 on the year, while Ryan Miller, who came on to pitch in with two outs in the eighth, picked up his second save of the season.

Game 2: Clemson 4 Louisville 3

After Saturday's game was rained out, the Tigers played a double-header on a chilly Sunday in Louisville. The bats for both teams appeared to have hit the snooze button for the beginning of the first game, as both teams went scoreless for the first four innings despite combining for six hits. Clemson got the wakeup call first, exploding with a four run inning in the top of the fifth. Chris Williams brought in the first Tiger runs with a single that scored Bryce Teodosio and Jordan Greene. Wharton picked up two more RBI with a single that scored Williams and Jolly. The Cardinals clawed their way back with two runs in the bottom of the inning and a run in the sixth, but couldn't tie it up. Travis Marr, who came on for Brooks Crawford in the fifth, earned his first win of the year to move to 1-0, while reliever Ryley Gilliam picked up his third save of the season.

Game 3 Louisville 5 Clemson 1

Unfortunately, the Tigers were unable to keep the momentum rolling and get the sweep. It was a rough outing for starter Jake Higginbotham, who gave up four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work. Louisville out hit the Tigers in all three games, but it was much more pronounced in game three as the Cardinals racked up fourteen hits to Clemson's four. The Tigers' lone run of the game came in the seventh when Jordan Greene singled to left to score Drew Wharton. Things got a little testy in the bottom of the eighth, when a Louisville steal was originally called out number three despite the ball being knocked out of Jordan Greene's hand. The original ruling was that Tyler Fitzgerald knocked the ball loose with his hand on the attempt, however the umpires decided to check the replay monitor, and proceeded to overturn the call. This didn't sit well with Monte Lee, who went out to argue the call, and was subsequently ejected. Owen Griffith walked the next Cardinal batter, but was able to get out of the inning. The Tigers then went in order in the top of the ninth to end the game.

Clemson moves to 18-6 and 5-4 in the conference after taking the series from Louisville. The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday night, heading over to Greenville to take on the Furman Paladins at Flour Field at 6:00 PM. The Tigers will then get back to conference play with a weekend series against Boston College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.