Clemson and Charlotte finished up their home and home series Tuesday night at BB&T Park with the Tigers taking the finale 8-5 and leaving the Queen City with a sweep of the season series. Sitting at #28 in the RPI coming into the game, Clemson improves to 19-6 (6-3), while the 49ers drop to 11-13.
The Tiger bats accounted for 11 hits, along with being the recipient of 10 free passes from 49er pitchers on the night. Seven of those hits would come with two outs and drive in seven of the eight runs.
Clemson got the scoring started early, with Grayson Byrd lining a triple to right center to plate Kyle Wilkie and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Byrd drove in two more in the 2nd on a double down the left field line, with Bryar Hawkins driving in a run with an RBI single in the 3rd, for a 4-0 lead.
The lead would not last long however, as Brooks Crawford left a pitch up in the zone, resulting in Harris Yett crushing a two-run home run out to left and cutting the lead in half. Charlotte would tie it at 4 in the 6th on a passed ball with the bases loaded, followed up by a sac fly.
Bo Majkowski came through with another clutch hit in the 7th, lacing an RBI single to right that put the Tigers up a run. Clemson put 3 more runs on the board in the 8th, with Wilkie, Byrd, and Davis Sharpe each driving in a run in the inning and giving the Tigers an 8-4 cushion.
Brooks Crawford looked solid outside of the one mistake in his second start since coming back from injury. He threw 4 innings and struck out 5, allowing the 2 runs on 4 hits, and did not walk a batter.
Holt Jones (1-0) picked up his first win of the year, throwing 3 innings of no hit relief, striking out 3 and walking 1, while lowering his ERA to a minuscule 1.06. Jacoby Hennessy and Owen Griffith each pitched an inning, with both allowing a run on 2 hits.
Clemson will now get set for their second consecutive road ACC series, as they travel up to Blacksburg for a three game set with Virginia Tech this weekend.