Clemson softball completed another undefeated week, completing the sweep against Virginia, 2-0 on Sunday to finish 4-0 on the week.
It started Wednesday with a game that wasn’t quite up to the Tigers recent standard against Charlotte, which was a struggle early. Headed to the bottom of the fifth the Tigers were clutching a precarious 2-1 lead.
That all changed when the Tigers pushed across 7 runs on 5 hits, an error and a walk, topped off by Arielle Oda’s game-ending 2-run blast off the scoreboard in right field and a 9-1 win.
McKenzie Clark also homered earlier in the fifth and Valerie Cagle notched her 11th win on the season, giving up just 3 hits and an unearned run in pitching a complete game.
Saturday’s doubleheader was marked by stellar pitching and defense by Clemson.
After the first two Cavaliers reached in the first Reedy Davenport fielded a grounder, stepped on third and fired to first for a double play. In the second inning Maddie Moore made a diving play followed by an Ally Miklesh diving catch in left field in the top of the third.
The Tigers scored 3 in the bottom of the third and 1 in the fourth and rode the pitching of Millie Thompson (9-0) to the 4-1 win.
Game 2 was a 1-0 pitching duel won by Valerie Cagle, who improved to 12-1 on the season with a 7-inning shutout.
The only run of the game came on a Mackenzie Clark sacrifice fly in the third inning.
On Sunday, it was Cagle in the circle again, recording win No. 13, as the Tigers moved to 29-1 and 6-0 in the ACC.
Clemson softball scored two runs in the first and rode the pitching of Valerie Cagle to the sweep over Virginia
Clemson pushed across two runs in the first on a bases loaded single and an error and that’s all Cagle needed as she shut down the Cavs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 0 while lowering her ERA to 0.49 on the season.
The Tigers have no mid-week games this week and face Georgia Tech in a three game series in Atlanta next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.