In the final midweek game of the season at home, the Tigers gave fans what they've become accustomed to seeing in these type of games under Monte Lee, a win. Behind a superb start from freshman Jackson Lindley and an 11 run 4th inning, Clemson was able to beat the Citadel by two touchdowns on Wednesday night, 17-3.
Lindley (2-0) had what was easily his strongest outing of the season, going 6 innings and allowing just 2 hits and 1 unearned run, as well as not walking a batter. He was extremely efficient, throwing just 62 pitches, 42 for strikes. It was exactly the outing this team needed in order to give an exhausted, as well as a shorthanded bullpen, a night off.
The offense pounded out 16 hits off 6 different Bulldog pitchers, including an 11 run 4th inning that saw 16 batters come to the plate. It was one of those nights where everything went right.
Grayson Byrd led the way with a 4-4 night, as he was just a triple short of the cycle, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He knocked in 4 runs, scored 4 times, and hit his 10th and 11th homeruns of the season.
Kyle Wilkie, Michael Green, Justin Hawkins, and Chad Fairey all had multiple hits, including Fairey's first career homerun.
Clemson improves to 29-20 on the season, but actually drops a spot in the RPI to #47. Citadel drops to 10-37.
The Tigers will travel to Raleigh this weekend for a crucial ACC series against North Carolina State. Postseason hopes are on life support at the moment and this team has no margin for error.