Game 1: Clemson 8 VMI 6
With Friday’s game moved to Saturday, the Tigers and Keydets got the cold, wet double header going with some red hot offense. The two teams entered the 7th inning deadlocked at 6-6 when Jordan Greene launched a 2 run homer to put Clemson on top 8-6. Matt Clark and Carson Spiers pitched the final two innings to hang on to the lead and give Clemson the win. VMI and Clemson combined for 17 hits on the day. Clark got the win for Clemson (1-0), while Nathan Light picked up his second loss on the head (0-2).
Game 2: Clemson 8 VMI 2
The Tigers got the lead early and didn’t look back in the second game of the double header.The Tigers’ 4 run 4th, fueled by Adam Hackenber’s 3 run homer, got things going for Clemson, leading 4-0. Freshman Bryar Hawkins got his career off with a bang by launching a 3 run home run in his first career at bat in a Tiger uniform. Freshman Davis Sharpe went 6 innings, holding the Keydets to no runs on one hit en route to his second win on the year (2-0).
Game 3: Clemson 11 VMI 6
After trailing 3-0, the Tigers rallied with a 6 run 6th. Michael Green earned the first RBI of the inning when he was hit with the bases loaded by VMI relief pitcher Derek Tremblay, and Jordan Greene capped the inning off with a 2 run single. Despite VMI netting a run in the seventh, the Tigers struck back with a 5 run inning, thanks in part to a Sam Hall grand slam and a Grayson Byrd RBI single. Sam Weatherly tossed 2.1 innings to get his first win of the year (1-0)
The Tigers host East Tennessee State (alma mater of noted SEC lover Kenny Chesney) on Tuesday evening, before the big weekend series with South Carolina. Clemson will host the Gamecocks Friday night, play in Greenville on Saturday, and then finish up the series in Columbia on Sunday.