DURHAM, N.C. -- The Tigers dropped a heartbreaker with the Eagles Tuesday afternoon to end their ACC Tournament championship hopes.
Their NCAA hopes may be over as well.
The eighth seed Clemson Tigers trailed the 12 seed Boston College Eagles for the majority of the opening game of the ACC Tournament -- until a three-run eighth inning sent the game into extra innings. However, the Tigers could not capitalize on their momentum.
After a scoreless 10th inning, Eagles bats erupted for two runs in the top of the 11th inning on two hits and one error that gave them a 7-5 victory they did not relinquish.
"First, I'd like to give Boston College credit for competing as hard as they did," Clemson head coach Monte Lee said. "They put together a really good game plan against us today. They swung the bats well. I thought they battled and competed in two-strike counts."
Lee continued, "It was unbelievable for him (infielder Cody Morissette) today, a 2-hole hitter, swung the bat exceptionally well. But they've got good balance in their lineup."
Lee also praised freshman Eagle's pitcher Mason Pelio's play.
"I've been saying it since we saw them earlier in the year: Pelio is one of the best starters in our league," Lee said. "He's only a freshman. He's only going to get better and better. When we had runners on base against him, it's almost like he pitches better. It's the same way when we played them earlier in the year."
The loss for the Tigers ended their hopes of playing in the semifinals even if they win Thursday over Louisville.
The ACC uses pool play for its tournament -- with each team playing only two games with seeding as the tiebreaker. Teams that do not end up in the top seeds are automatically eliminated after a first loss.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second after a single by Chad Fairey.
An error on the Eagles' shortstop Brian Dempsey put runners at first and third for Clemson's Sam Hall -- who grounded into a double play that plated the first run of the game.
The Eagles bounced back in the top of the third inning when they scored two runs on three hits that included a two-run home run by Morissette.
A solo home run in the top of the fourth inning signaled the end of the day for Tiger starting pitcher Travis Marr -- who went 3-1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
However the home run barrage was not over for the Eagles.
Morissette connected on his second home run of the game in the top of the fifth inning that gave the Eagles a 4-1 lead.
After being held scoreless for four straight innings, the Tigers finally plated their first run since the bottom of the second inning after Michael Green walked and was brought in on Kyle Wilkie's fly out to center field.
In the seventh inning, the Tigers loaded the bases with Grayson Byrd at the plate with two outs, but failed to score any runs.
The Eagles continued to play long-ball in the top of the eighth, as Dempsey homered to left field and extended the lead back to three runs, 5-2.
"The thing that killed us again today was the long balls," Lee said. "I don't know how many we gave up. I think it was four if I'm not mistaken. But you've got to give Boston College credit there. I thought our guys competed as hard as they could, but it just wasn't enough."
"The game went extra innings and we had the last at-bat," Lee continued."I was hoping we could find a way to put together some good at-bats there at the end. But their guy, Joey Walsh, threw the ball really well for them in long relief and held us at bay."
In the eighth inning, Wilkie led off with a walk and came around to score on Hall's two-out single that cut the lead to 5-3.
With two outs and bases loaded, Michael Green, in his second plate appearance, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run single that tied the game.
"We were fortunate enough to find a way to tie the ball game up in the eighth," Lee said. "Michael Green came up with a huge hit to put together a big inning for us and tie the ball game."
Carson Spiers took the loss for the Tigers. Joey Walsh earned the win for the Eagles.
• For the 18th straight year, Clemson played its full 56-game schedule in the regular season in 2019.
• Clemson has an 8-7 record against top-25 teams. All 15 games were against teams ranked in the top 16 and 12 were against top-11 teams.
• Clemson had never faced Boston College in an ACC Tournament game nor in a neutral-site game before Tuesday's game.
Up Next: The Tigers will take Wednesday off before they take on the No. 1-seeded Louisville Cardinals Thursday (11 am).