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Clemson Tigers Sweep Boston College

Chris Williams squares up on a pitch in recent game
JP Priester

Boston College came to town this weekend for a three game tilt against the 8th ranked Tigers. The Eagles probably came in hoping to steal a road series against a ranked team that had been struggling at the plate of late, but it turns out that the bats, along with the weather would warm back up, as Clemson would pound out 28 hits in the series. Seth Beer led the charge, homering in each game, giving him a HR in 4 consecutive games. Beer went 5-10 and had 10 RBI in the 3 games. He now has 10 HR on the season, along with 23 RBI, and has gotten his batting average up to .283. The Tigers improved to 22-6 and 8-4 in the ACC, one game back of NC State. BC drops to 9-16 and 4-8 in the conference. The Tigers have now won 10 in a row over the Eagles.

Game 1: Clemson 10 - BC 2

Another series opener, another great start from Jacob Hennessey. Any doubts that were still lingering about the lefthanded sophomore being the ace of this staff should now be erased. He was once again masterful, allowing only a single hit and no runs through six innings, improving to 3-1 on the season. He also struck out four and walked two. The Tiger offense wasted no time getting going in this one, striking for 3 runs in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd, giving Hennessey all the cushion he would need. Clemson would tack on 2 more in 6th and 3 more in the 8th. BC would only get a single run in the 2nd and another in 9th. Seth Beer led the charge going 2-3 with 4 RBI, including a 3 run shot to right center in the 8th. Jordan Greene, playing for the injured Grayson Byrd, went 2-3 and had 2 RBI. Spencer Strider had another really good outing out of the pen. He had 4 Ks in 2 innings after coming on in the 7th to relieve Hennessey.

Game 2: Clemson 9 - BC 4

For the second straight day, the Tigers came out swinging. Like the day before, Clemson wasted no time getting on the board, touching up BC starter Dan Metzdorf for 4 runs in the 1st inning. BC would get to within two in the 4th, after DH Scott Braren hit a 2 run shot off Tiger starter Brooks Crawford, cutting the lead to 4-2. Clemson would give themselves a little breathing room in the 6th, scoring 3 times to go up 7-2. They got 2 more insurance runs in the 8th, while BC plated a couple in the 9th for the 9-4 final. Crawford got the win to improve to 2-1 on the season. He went 5 innings, scattering 6 hits and 2 earned runs, while striking out 5. Ryan Miller came on to pitch the final 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs, while striking out 5 himself. Neither pitcher walked a batter. Robert Jolly led the way offensively, going 3-4 with 1 RBI. Beer went 2-4 with 1 RBI, coming on a solo HR down the RF line in the 6th.

Game 3: Clemson 8 - BC 3

Once again, the Tigers would get out of the gate fast, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st. BC then scored a run in each of the next 3 innings, giving them a 3-2 lead they would hold until the 5th, when the Tigers would score 3 times and take a 5-3 lead. They added a run in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th for the 8-3 final. Clemson was led at the plate by Jordan Greene and Logan Davidson. Greene went 2-3, with an RBI that came on his first HR of the season in the 7th, while also scoring 2 runs. Davidson was 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Seth Beer also homered for the 4th straight game, a solo shot, in the 5th. Jake Higginbotham had another shaky outing, lasting only 3 innings. He surrendered 4 hits, giving up 3 runs(only 2 earned runs), while striking out 4 and walking a couple. Travis Marr picked up the win out of the pen, improving to 3-0. It was another solid outing from the freshman reliever, He went 3.1 innings, giving up only a single hit, and one walk, while striking out 2.

Next up for the Tigers, a rematch at home with Coastal Carolina Tues night at 630. Clemson will be looking for a little revenge after having lost to the Chanticleers by way of a walk off grand slam, back on March 20 in Conway.