With its postseason hopes on life support and the lack of pitching depth starting to show, this team really needed a quality start from its starting pitcher against the Blue Hose, so Monte Lee turned to the elder statesman in his rotation, Brooks Crawford. He did not deliver. Again.
It was another rough outing for the veteran hurler as he lasted just three innings, surrendering 4 runs on 5 hits, in facing just 17 batters. Much of the damage was self inflicted as Crawford issued 3 free passes, 2 of which came around to score.
With another midweek game tomorrow and two of the teams more reliable options out of the bullpen serving suspensions, the last thing this team needed tonight was to burn through its available relievers. Yet the Tigers needed four relief pitchers in a midweek loss to a Big South team that's lost more games than they've won.
Luke Sommerfield had to go 3 innings. Travis Marr went an inning. Carson Spiers had to go another 1.2 innings, once again having to come into a game in which the team was trailing. Rhyne Huggins also had another appearance in which he couldn't register more than one out. That's not a recipe for success for a team that is lacking pitching depth.
Once again the offense does its part getting 12 hits and scoring 7 runs, as the team got solo homeruns from Justin Hawkins, Grayson Byrd, Jordan Greene, and a two run shot from Bryce Teodosio.
Tomorrow Jackson Lindley gets the start and will need to give this team a quality start. It goes without saying, but the deeper he can go into the game, the better. With no Sam Weatherly or Holt Jones for one more game, this bullpen is in dire need of a light night.
With the 8-7 loss, Clemson drops to 28-20 on the season and sees its RPI drop another six spots to #46. PC improves to 23-25.
Clemson will be back in action tomorrow night at 6pm as they welcome the Citadel to town.