The Tigers leave Columbia with a rubber game on the line in the series with the Gamecocks. The decisive game 3 will be Sunday at 2pm Eastern.

Started Fast, Couldn’t Sustain

Clemson got on to the scoreboard early, scoring a run in the first inning, but the Gamecocks answered quickly. South Carolina scored 2 in the top of the second and 2 more in the top of the 4th. The tigers trailed 4-1, but they would score a run in the bottom of the 4th. Unfortunately, they would not score again until they added a pair of runs off a HR by Davis Sharpe.

Clemson entered the bottom of the 9th with a 4-run deficit. The Gamecocks helped, walking a few Tiger batters. The bases were loaded when the Gamecocks walked Eli Henderson to bring home a run, making the score 8-5. The rally ended there, though, as Kier Meredith was retired to end the game.

Postgame Notes

Davis Sharpe started for the Tigers, and tossed 3.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 4. Asked how he and the team will put the loss behind them and move on, Davis Sharpe noted “Tomorrow is a brand new day, we’ll be ready and this team will be fine.”

Monte Lee gave credit to the Gamecocks, saying, “Great game by the Gamecocks today” and “They were the better team today and they deserved to win this game.”

Clemson heads home for game 3 looking to take the series for the 5th time in the last 6 years. South Carolina will throw Brannon Jordan (1-0, 1.64 ERA). The Tigers will trot out Spencer Strider (0-0, 0.00), who has allowed no runs in 5.2 innings. In that span, Strider has given up 3 hits and struck out 9 batters.

It’s Clemson-South Carolina baseball coming down to a rubber game. For the best rivalry in college baseball, we wouldn’t have it any other way.