It may seem far-fetched at this point in the season, but if Clemson baseball (10-6) somehow makes it to the postseason, we may look back at Friday, March 10 as the day the season changed.
Riding the momentum of two midweek wins the Tigers faced a 3-game series with a power-laden Georgia State team at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, promptly gave up 4 home runs and fell behind 8-2 headed to the bottom of the 8th.
A two-run Cooper Ingle home run put the Tigers back into it and a Billy Amick walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth capped a 9-8 win.
The Tigers went from losing their momentum and falling to .500 to celebrating wildly on the field. They went from losing with their Friday night starter getting shelled to winning a game they trailed from the outset and looked dead in for 7 innings.
While the 5 hits apiece from Cam Cannarella and Ingle can’t be ignored, neither should the 6.1 relief innings without an earned run from Ethan Darden, Ty Olenchuk, Rocco Reid and Nick Hoffman.
We discussed a similar bullpen performance in the midweek games on this week’s Clemson Baseball Show.
Inclement weather predicted for Sunday meant a Saturday doubleheader that would complete the series.
A pair of 5-run innings in the first game, clutch pitching from Reed Garris (1-0), and 4 shut-out innings from Joe Allen led the Tigers to a 10-2 win in game one.
Clemson jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second game, but the Panthers didn’t go away quietly, eventually putting the tying run on base with two outs in the top of the 9th before succumbing 10-7 and completing the sweep.
One pitch away from going down 0-1 in the series Clemson baseball rallies to sweep Georgia State
The Tigers were literally one pitch away from being 7-7 on Friday and are now sporting a five-game winning streak they’ll take into Tuesday’s game against the College of Charleston at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.