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Clemson Baseball Wins a Pair of Midweek Games as Season Ends

It hardly seems to matter now, but Clemson goes out on a high note.

NCAA BASEBALL: JUN 02 Vanderbilt v Clemson Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Clemson 12 Presbyterian 0

All season we’ve heard concerns about Clemson’s bats, so seeing the Tigers open up a can on Presbyterian was extremely refreshing. Davis Sharpe went yard twice and while giving up six hits Clemson pitching held to Blue Hose to no runs on the night. Jackson Lindley went 5.0 innings, giving up just three hits and striking out five. The bullpen combined to strike out five and gave up three hits over the final four innings. Clemson opened the game up with a five run first and never looked back.

Clemson 3 Winthrop 2

After the NCAA’s announcement today, barring some unlikely changes, this was the last time you will see the 2020 Clemson Tigers baseball team play. What’s funny is this was a game that I personally wasn’t that excited about. With all the basketball conference tournament games going on, I was doing a bit of flipping between games, wishing Clemson would make easy work of Winthrop so I could watch basketball. But things didn’t go that way. It was a night where offense was scarce and Winthrop took our Tigers to the bottom of the ninth, leading 2-1. Davis Sharpe then hit one to short with Sam Hall at second. It looked as if Sharpe legged out a single before the ball arrived but the throw went high of the Winthrop first baseman, allowing the speedy Sam Hall to score. Things looked to be rolling for the Tigers before Sharpe got caught in a pickle between first and second with two outs, ending the ninth. The Eagles and Clemson would need two more innings to decide things. Elijah Henderson doubled with one out in the eleventh. A Kier Meredith single put him on third, and then Hall was walked to juice the bases. Sharpe struck out, bringing on Chad Fairey with two outs. Fairey ripped a deep shot to right field that just was out of reach of the outfielder, allowing Henderson to score and giving Clemson the 3-2 win.

After today’s announcement from the ACC regarding the COVID-19 virus, spring sports are suspended until further notice, and the NCAA has canceled all spring championships. While the optimist in me would like to think in a few weeks something miraculous will happen and we can get back to everyday life, the reality is college baseball is most likely done for the year. It’s a frustrating call, but given the circumstances, it’s the right call. No game is worth risking people’s lives. While we’ve had a short season, I appreciate those who read and comment on my articles. It’s great to know that others out there share my passion for college baseball. Hopefully in a few months we can be talking college football again. But in the meantime, take care of yourselves. Take care of your families. Take care of your friends. Moments like these remind us what is truly important in life. I wish you all the best, and GO TIGERS!