Clemson Tigers News: Baseball loses Super Regional with a 13-inning classic

There were highlights and drama during Game 2 of the Super Regional between Clemson Baseball and Florida, but it ended with a trip to Omaha for the Gators and the end of Clemson's 2023-24 sports calendar.
Clemson sophomore Tristan Bissetta (27), left, senior Alden Mathes (17) and sophomore Cam Cannarella (10)
Clemson sophomore Tristan Bissetta (27), left, senior Alden Mathes (17) and sophomore Cam Cannarella (10) / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Clemson Baseball pushes Game 2 to 13 innings in 11-10 loss to Florida

Clemson Baseball faced an elimination game on Sunday against the Florida Gators. When it looked like Florida had put away the Tigers in the 8th inning with another home run that pushed their lead to 9-6, Clemson came roaring back with a three-run homer from Cam Cannarella that took the game to extra innings.

Clemson put another run on the board with an Alden Mathes homer in the top of the 13th, but then chaos ensued.

Erik Bakich and Jack Leggett were ejected for arguing with the umpires following the home run. Mathes was not ejected.

David Hood from TigerNet gave us the best explanation of what apparently caused the scene.

This was preceded by the ejection of Jack Crichton in the 3rd inning during a situation following a tag of Nolan Nawrocki by Gator’s pitcher Jac Caglione that was a bit too physical in Nawrocki’s opinion.

The officiating of the game was poor all-around, with several questionable calls behind the plate. Even coaches from other programs spoke up about the officiating.

Cannarella also had this web gem in the 10th.

Gut-wrenching loss for the Tigers, but they had a great season and never gave up, right until the very end.

Other news and notes from around Clemson athletics:

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships have concluded and a few more Tigers earned honors.

Shantae Foreman placed ninth in the triple jump and was named a Second-Team All-American.

Foreman wasn’t done, as she helped the 4x100 relay team to ninth in that event, earning Second-Team All-American honors.

Tarees Rhoden placed 4th in the 800 meters to finish a First-Team All-American.

With the conclusion of the Baseball postseason for the Tigers, that is a wrap on the 2023-24 athletic calendar. The next scheduled event is a Women’s Soccer exhibition on August 4th against Georgia at Historic Riggs Field.