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Clemson Baseball Review Tigers Dominate Notre Dame

Tigers overcome slow start to win their pool play opener

Logan Davidson steps to plate earlier this season
JP Priester

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.