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Clemson Baseball Crushes Coastal Carolina 14-3

The win in Conway may have been just the shot in the arm the Tigers needed.

Grayson Byrd celebrates with his teammates after his first career grand slam. Photo credit to J.P. Priester.
J.P. Priester

As Clemson looks to end their slide and salvage their postseason hopes, the young Tigers squad got a solid win in Conway against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Logan Davidson put up a solo homer in the top of the first, and then the Tigers exploded for 7 runs in the second to jump out to an 8-0 lead. Bryce Teodosio singled with the bases loaded, and then a subsequent wild pitch and a walk put Clemson up 4-0. Grayson Byrd, Kyle Wilkie, and Bryar Hawkins combined for four RBI’s to put the Tigers up 8-0.

Chanticleers right fielder Kieton Rivers responded with a solo shot of his own in the second to cut Clemson’s lead to 8-1.

After Byrd brought in another run and Wilkie homered in the 4th, Rivers was able to push across one of two CCU runs to make it 10-3. Byrd’s big day continued when he crushed a grand slam to right field in the seventh, putting Clemson up 14-3.

In relief, Owen Griffith earned his second win on the year (2-2). Griffith went three innings, not allowing a single Chanticleer hit. Starter Jackson Lindley went four innings, holding the Chants to three runs on six hits. Keyshawn Askew finished out the last two innings for Clemson, allowing no runs on two hits

Clemson will now turn it’s attention to Wake Forest where the Tigers will host the Deacons for their final ACC series of the regular season, and most likely the last Clemson baseball to be played at Doug Kingsmore stadium until 2020, save for the chance of hosting a Super Regional against a lower seeded team (another discussion for another day). While the Tigers are far from a lock for the tournament, every win helps, so this win, with a good showing this weekend, would make everyone feel a bit easier going into the ACC Tournament.