Clemson might have gotten off to a slow and somewhat ugly start, but the Tigers finished off Notre Dame’s season in spectacular fashion Wednesday afternoon in Durham. After falling behind 3-0 early, the Tigers would score an ACC Tournament record 17 runs in the 4th inning and run rule the Irish 21-4, to go to 1-0 in the pool play portion of the ACC tournament. It was an inning that saw 21 Tiger hitters come to the plate, took 55 minutes to complete, and saw 7 of the 9 guys in the lineup score multiple runs. It was fun to watch. Especially after the slow, sloppy start.
Logan Davidson had himself a day. He homered twice in that 4th inning, once from each side of the plate just 6 days after becoming the 1st Tiger to do it in a game. One was a grand slam, the other a 2 run shot. He finished the day 3-6 with 7 RBI. Seth Beer hit home run #20 in the inning, inching him closer to the all time HR record at Clemson, as he now needs just 5 more. He finished 3-6, with 2 RBI. Chris Williams also went deep in the 4th, and finished the day 3-3 with 4 RBI, 4 runs scored, and he walked twice. Jordan Greene finished with 3 RBI also, and Kyle Wilkie extended his hitting streak to 23 games.
Mat Clark got the win, in relief of starting pitcher Spencer Strider, improving to 4-0. Clark pitched really well, going 2.2IP, giving up a run on 3 hits. Strider though, Not so much. The freshman had another rough start, getting touched up for 3 runs on 4 hits, in only 2 IP.
This game may have been ¨meaningless¨ as far as advancing in the ACC Tourney, but it did indeed have some meaning as far as a national seed goes, and I think Clemson made a statement to the selection committee in this one. The Tigers improve to 44-13 on the season, and face Miami next, needing a win over the Canes Thursday night to advance.