Clemson Softball gets revenge for earlier loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks

The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 7-0 in Columbia to avenge the first loss to their archrival in program history.
Clemson sophomore Grace Hiller (8)
Clemson sophomore Grace Hiller (8) / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Clemson Softball defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 7-0 at the Carolina Softball Stadium in Columbia on Tuesday evening to avenge the first loss to their archrival in program history earlier this season.

Maddie Moore and Julia Knowler both cranked home runs to propel the scoring for the Tigers. Regan Spencer and Millie Thompson combined for the shutout on the mound.

John Rittman complimented his team’s stamina following a road trip to Syracuse for a weekend series.

"It was a tremendous effort in the circle by both Regan Spencer and Millie Thompson. Both came out with their A-games tonight to shut down a good South Carolina offense. Offensively, our batters put pressure on them all night. We had a couple big home runs, and we have lived on those because it’s nice to see the ball leave the park, but we also had some big situational hits. Our batters had good two-strike approaches at the plate and a suicide squeeze, so we had a little bit of everything offensively and played tight defensively. We ended up coming out with a big win against the Gamecocks after losing a tough one in 12 innings a couple weeks ago. I am really proud of the effort and the energy we had tonight after the long road trip last weekend.”"

Head Coach John Rittman

That weekend series for Clemson was a sweep against the Orange. The Tigers earned two run-rule victories: a 13-2 win in five innings on Saturday and a 10-1 victory in six innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Clemson won the third game 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The weekend sweep and the win in Columbia bring the Tigers to 28-11 overall and 11-4 in the ACC. They are ranked 25th by Softball America and ESPN/USA Softball has them at 19th.

Clemson will host their last weekend series of the regular season at McWhorter Stadium this weekend against the Duke Blue Devils. They will then host Winthrop in the mid-week before finishing the season with a road series against Notre Dame and Louisville.

The Tigers will need to be nearly flawless if they hope to climb back into the conversation for hosting a regional in the playoffs. Otherwise, these upcoming four games will be the last time we see them in McWhorter Stadium this season.