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Clemson Baseball: Tigers Sweep Pitt

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Clemson clinches the ACC Atlantic Division and a share of ACC regular season title

Monte Lee chats with assistants
JP Priester

Clemson went up to Pitt this weekend and did exactly what they needed to do. They took care of business, playing great baseball and sweeping the Panthers.

Game 1: Clemson 16 Pitt 6

The Tigers erupted for 16 runs, pounding out 18 hits, in the game one win. Logan Davisdon and Patrick Cromwell hit 2 HRs each, as Clemson hitters went yard 6 times in all. Davidson hit one from both sides of the plate, becoming the first Tiger to accomplish the feat. Seth Beer hit his 17th HR of the season, a mammoth shot that might still be travelling had it not hit off of a light pole, and Sam Hall hit his 2nd of the season.

Spencer Strider got the start in place of Jacob Hennessey, and after a shaky 1st, looked really solid in picking up his 5th win of the season. He surrendered 2 ER on 3 H, while getting 7 Ks in 5 IP.

Kyle Wilkie extended his hitting streak to 20 while Davidson extended his to 15 in the game.

Game 2: Clemson 4 Pitt 1

Clemson scored 3 in the first on a bases loaded walk and a 2-run single by Drew Wharton. That would turn out to be all they needed. Brooks Crawford had one of his better outings of the season in picking up the win, improving to 8-2. He allowed just the one run on 5 H in 5.1 IP, while striking out 6 and walking 1.

Seth Beer hit his 18th HR of the season for the Tigers 4th run and Wilkie and Davidson both extended their hitting streaks to 21 and 16 respectively.

The win clinched the ACC Atlantic Division Title for Clemson, its first since 2010 and its first outright since 2006.

Game 3: Clemson 5 Pitt 0

Four Tiger pitchers combined to get Clemson a 5-0 shutout in the series finale. Ryan Miller picked up the win, improving to 5-1 on the season. The senior allowed just one hit in 1.2 IP in relief of starter Jake Higginbotham. Riley Gilliam and Carson Spiers also contributed, with Riley throwing 2 scoreless innings and Spiers throwing the final inning.

Clemson had 10 hits in the game. Seth Beer hit his 19th HR of the season, a solo shot in the 6th. He homered in all 3 games of the series, the third time he has accomplished that feat this season. He finished the series 7-9 with 5 BBs and 3 HR.

Wilkie and Davidson extended their hitting streaks to 22 and 17 games respectively.

Clemson finishes the regular season at 43-13 (22-8 ACC), Atlantic Division Champs, and ACC regular season co-champs (with UNC). They will be the #2 seed in the ACC tournament and will play Miami and Notre Dame in opening pool play.