Monte Lee’s fingernails already are down to the nub, and it was just the opening weekend of the series. The Tigers swept William and Mary but each game went down to the wire before the Tigers found a way to win.
Friday Clemson rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings and then won the game 5-4 in the 10th. Saturday the Tigers took a 7-3 lead into the 8th but the Tribe scored three times to make it 7-6. But Carson Spiers came out of the bullpen to save the game for Clemson. And Sunday the Tigers won 2-1 behind Jake Higgenbotham, making his first appearance since 2016. He allowed two hits and one run over 5.1 innings. Ryley Gilliam pitched a scoreless 9th for his first save of the season.
Clemson pitching struck out 36 in the series and allowed just 2 walks. Conversely, William and Mary pitchers struck out just 18 Clemson hitters and walked 20.
Seth Beer, Patrick Cromwell and Seth Jolly each hit .375 in the series and Beer had the Tigers lone home run.
Defensively the Tigers committed one error over the three games.
This week Clemson will play Furman at home on Tuesday then open a weekend series at home against Dallas Baptist on Friday.
Monte Lee Sunday post game press conference