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Clemson Baseball Sweeps Virginia

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Game 1: Clemson 3 - Virginia 2

Seth Beer started the scoring with a solo shot in the 3rd but Virginia answered with two runs in the bottom frame. Clemson then took the lead for good in the 4th with a Kyle Wilkie RBI single and a Sam Hall RBI groundout. Jacob Hennessey pitched five innings giving up two runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Strider, Miller, and Ryley Gilliam finished the game from the pen only allowing one hit between them.

Game 2: Clemson 5 - Virginia 4

Logan Davidson, who has been on an absolute tear recently, started the game with a bang. His solo shot to lead off the game and gave the Tigers a early 1-0 lead. Virginia would answer with one run of their own in the bottom of the 1st. Davidson would strike again with a RBI single in the 3rd and Chris Williams added a solo shot. Bryce Teodosio, getting more playing time because of the Meredith injury, would get a two run homer in the 6th to make it 5-2. Virginia scored twice in the sixth to make it 5-4 and Clemson was able to keep Virginia off the board the rest of the game. Brooks Crawford had an ok afternoon, going five innings giving up four runs, two earned on five hits. Ryley Gilliam for the second consecutive day got the last four outs for the save.

Game 3: Clemson 9 - Virginia 8

Another Clemson win, another one run game. Virginia would jump out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings. Then in the 3rd Clemson put up a five spot. Patrick Cromwell, who was playing after a couple games off, started the inning with a solo shot. He was then followed by two run singles via Chris Williams and Kyle Wilkie. Sam Hall then launched his first career homer in the 4th. Seth Beer picked up a RBI single, and Chris Williams got his second homer in as many days to give Clemson a 9-4 lead after six. Ryan Miller pitched three really good innings before hitting a wall in the 8th, loading the bases with nobody out. Virginia would score four runs, cutting the lead down to 9-8. Insert Ryley Gilliam who struck out a Virginia batter for the second out. Then the play of the game. Gilliam threw a wild pitch, catcher Kyle Wilkie regrouped to get the ball and raced back to beat the ensuing Virginia baserunner and tagged him out at home for the 3rd and final out. Virginia would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth to secure the sweep for Clemson.

To say this weekend was perfect for Clemson is an understatement. The Tigers swept Virginia for the first time since 2002, and clinched a spot in the ACC tournament. In bigger news NC State was swept by North Carolina. Thus Clemson is in first place in the ACC Atlantic by a full two games. No midweek games this week because of final exams. Next up is another big weekend series with Florida State. If Clemson can win the Florida St. series they would almost certainly lock up a Regional host bid and be in the running for a national seed, something that was unthinkable two weeks ago.