The Tigers dominate the start of the crucial last ACC series over the Eagles

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Clemson put together a complete effort to take game one of a crucial final ACC series (Clemson athletics photo).


Clemson went all out to win the first game of a crucial ACC final series (Photo by Clemson Athletics)

CLEMSON — One to win, two to play for Clemson baseball this week.

Clemson struggled to qualify for two postseason tournaments, winning 15-1 over Boston College (19-32, 5-23) at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Thursday.

With Duke losing their series opener at Virginia Tech on Thursday, the Tigers (33-21, 11-16 ACC) could secure a spot in the ACC baseball championship with a win or another loss by the Blue Devils on Friday. but are listed as one of the last of D1Baseball.com and Baseball America’s predicted teams in this week’s NCAA tournament Any loss to a triple-digit RPI team like Boston College (No. 106 at the time of the game) could spell doom for Clemson’s NCAA means tournament chances. Clemson wore an RPI #23 when he entered the game.

In the midst of a 16 hit tiger night, Caden Grice have put together a great effort from 9th place in the lineup.



With Clemson trailing 1-0 against the Eagles after 2 1/2 innings, Grice launched a pitch 412 feet up and over the right field wall to level things.

With two outs Maxim Wagner then made his way around the bases to give Clemson his first lead via a walk, a stolen base and a Cooper Ingel RBI single. Ingle returned to the lineup for the first time in five games after being pulled against the College of Charleston last week through injury.

After losing two again in the fourth inning, Grice dropped an RBI double in left field. Benjamin Blackwell contributed to the Tigers advantage in the inning with an RBI single.

Chasing school history, Wagner hit his 25th home run of the season in the fifth frame into midfield. He is now two home runs behind a season’s school record (27, Khalil Greene in 2002) and ranks second in the same stats (with the former Tigers Jeff Baker, MichaelJohnson and Kris Harvey).

Righty Clemson starter Mack Angling (6-5) largely avoided trouble on the night to scatter five hits, allowing for a lone earned run with seven strikeouts to three walks to claim the win.

He gained even more confidence in the seventh inning with runs coming from singles via Blake Wright and Bryan Hawkins‘ Bats and a field error at shortstop.

Overall, the Tigers received multi-hit attempts in the lineup from Blackwell (2), Wagner (2), Ingle (3), Corbitt (2), Hawkins (2) and Grice (3), with Hawkins and Ingle each bringing in three runs.



Clemson has won seven in a row and ten of the last 11 at home.

The second game of the series has a first pitch on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Clemson Softball also begins its NCAA regional next door on Friday with the Tigers game at 12:00 p.m. and the other regional matchup at 2:30 p.m


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