The week for Clemson softball started with a Wednesday doubleheader against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs and the Tigers made short work of their opponent, run-ruling the Bulldogs by an 8-0 score in five innings in game 1.
Maddie Moore and Valerie Cagle had two hits apiece, while Moore and Aby Vieira had two RBI each to lead the offense, while Cagle improved her record on the mound to 7-1 with 4 innings of one-hit pitching, dropping her ERA to 0.70 on the season.
Clemson started fast in the second game, as Cagle’s two-out single was followed by a home run to left by Caroline Jacobsen, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead early.
Ultimately, the game ended up much closer as the Tigers pulled out a 4-1 win, but only managed 5 hits in the game.
Millie Thompson started in the circle was the starting and winning pitcher, lowering her ERA to 1.29, allowing only an unearned run in the outing.
Brooke McCubbin earned her first save of the season with 3 shutout innings.
Weather delayed the start of the Tigers first ACC series by a day, but that didn’t stop Clemson from taking two from Syracuse by the exact same scores, but in reverse.
Moore and Cagle hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 3rd and after Syracuse plated an unearned run in the top of 6th, the Tigers tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning to make the final 4-1 in Clemson’s favor.
Cagle pitched a 3-hit complete game for her eighth win of the season.
Clemson got a fast start in game two with McKenzie Clark and Cagle walking before scoring on an Alia Logoleo double. Logoleo then scored on an Arielle Oda single to make the score 3-0.
Clemson added two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth in support of Millie Thompson in the circle.
Thompson pitched 5 shutout innings as the Tigers run-ruled the Orange to move to 17-1 on the season.
Clemson softball won their fifth game of the week on Sunday, completing the sweep of Syracuse
On Sunday, the Tigers got a single run on a groundout in the 5th inning, but that’s all they needed as the combination of McCubbin, Reagan Spencer and Cagle held the Orange without a run to complete the sweep.
The 20-1 Tigers host Mercer on Wednesday, before next weekend’s Tiger Classic at McWhorter Stadium.