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CLEMSON — Fresh off their dramatic series sweep of the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels last weekend, the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (13-3) continued their red-hot play Wednesday when they knocked off the No. 11 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers  (13-4-1) by a score of 8-5.

The Chanticleers opened the scoring in the top of the first inning on Zach Biermann’s sacrifice fly that scored Cory Wood, who led off the game with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.

That lead was short-lived. Following Sam Hall’s lead-off single in the bottom of the first inning, Logan Davidson’s two-run home run gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead. 

The Tigers were just getting started, as they plated four more runs on a Davis Sharpe RBI flyout and a three-run home run by Adam Hackenberg that plated Bryce Teodosio and Bryar Hawkins, while giving the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

But the Chanticleers were not done either, as they plated three runs on two hits, that included a solo home run by Kieton Rivers, and a balk that cut the Tiger lead to 6-4.

After being held scoreless for the second and third innings, the Tigers added to their lead in the fourth inning. Hall scored the Clemson’s seventh run of the night, when he singled up the middle and plated Teodosio.

The Chanticleers cut into the Tiger lead in the top of the fifth inning, when a single and a throwing error by Clemson allowed a run to score and cut the lead to 7-5.

The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored a single run on Jordan Greene’s lineout to left field, scoring Hawkins from third.

The Chanticleers did not show any signs of quit in them. In the top of the sixth inning, Coastal Carolina loaded the bases with one out. However, the Tigers squashed the rally, as back-to-back strikeouts kept the lead at 8-5.

Owen Griffith earned the victory for the Tigers and Carson Spiers picked up the save. Scott Kobos took the loss for the Chanticleers.

Tiger Tracks:

  • In its first three-game sweep of North Carolina since 1997, Clemson hit .336 with 25 runs, a .419 on-base percentage and 2.67 ERA.
  • Clemson has allowed only four steals in six attempts this season.
  • In each of Clemson’s last eight games, the team that scored first lost.

Overall in the ACC standings, Clemson is in a tie for first place with NC State.

Up Next: The Tigers remain at home, as they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a three-game series beginning Friday (6 p.m., ACC Network Extra) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.

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