For the fourth straight season, the Clemson-USC series will be decided with the third game. Clemson bounced back from Friday night’s 9th inning loss in Columbia with a 5-1 win Saturday at Fluor Field in Greenville. The decisive third game will be played at Clemson’s Doug Kingsmore Stadium Sunday with first pitch set for 2:00 PM. The Tigers will be going for a fourth straight series victory.
It was a 1-1 game in the fourth after USC’s Madison Stokes homered to tie the game. Clemson broke the tie in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Seth Beer and a two-out RBI single by Patrick Cromwell.
The Tigers tacked on two more in the bottom on the fifth on a two out, two run single by Kyle Wilkie who came into the at bat with a .129 average.
From there the Clemson pitching kept the Gamecocks at bay. USC threatened in the sixth with runners on first and second and one out but a double play ended that. And in the top of the ninth, back to back singles to open the inning gave the Gamecocks some hope, but a line drive to third and a 5-4-3 double play ended the game.
Mat Clark, who faced one batter and got the win, and Ryan Miller, who earned the save, kept the Gamecocks off the scoreboard over the final 4.1 innings in relief of starter Brooks Crawford.
USC starter Cody Morris, who gave up 3 earned runs and walked 6, took the loss. Gamecock pitchers walked 10 all together and Clemson scored four runs off the free passes.
Clemson will start Jake Higginbotham on Sunday while USC coach Mark Kingston said he’s undecided about his Sunday starter.
Monte Lee post-game press conference
Mark Kingston post-game press conference