Clemson - 4, Morehead St. - 3
Clemson made things exciting again Friday night. Coming back from a self-inflicted two run defect to advance into Saturday’s winners bracket matchup against Vanderbilt.
Morehead State opened up scoring in the second inning. After Jordan Greene made an error on a tailor made double play ball, the next batter hit bloop single for what should have been one run, but Sam Hall over-ran the ball, allowing a second run to score.
Trailing 0-2, Clemson would leave two runners on base in the bottom of the second innings and again in the bottom of the third inning. In the fifth inning, Clemson finally got on the board as Seth Beer hit a solo shot to right field for his 21st homer of the season to make it 2-1.
The Eagles would make it 3-1 in the 6th on a RBI groundout. Clemson would answer back with two of thier own in the bottom half. Justin Hawkins had a RBI double and Kyle Wilkie an RBI single. The game remained tied 3-3 until the 10th inning.
Drew Wharton started the inning with a bloop single. Patrick Cromwell successfully executed a sacrifice bunt to move him over to second base. Enter in Jordan Greene who in the second inning was the loneliest player on the field after his costly error. He ended the night the most popular, getting a walk-off base hit to left field to give Clemson a 4-3 win.
Brooks Crawford pitched well going 5 1⁄3 giving up three runs, only one earned with two walks and two strikeouts. Crawford has really settled in and taken over the ace role in the Tigers starting rotation as of late. Not to be out done Clemson’s bullpen threw 4 2⁄3 scoreless with Ryley Gilliam picking up the win. Gilliam only faced three batters and should be available on Saturday while Ryan Miller faced nine and may need a day of rest.
Morehead St. will play St. Johns in the elimination game tomorrow at 1pm. Clemson will get a long awaited rematch with Vanderbilt at 7pm in the winners bracket.