Clemson’s offense couldn’t solve Notre Dame lefthander John Michael Bertrand as the Irish evened up the series 3-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Saturday. Bertrand outdueled Ty Olenchuk, handing the freshman righthander his first loss. Bertrand, a Furman transfer, fanned eight Tigers and surrendered just one earned run in seven innings of work. Despite the loss, Olenchuk performed well, giving up two runs on three hits in four innings.
The Clemson (5-3, 1-1) lineup couldn’t get anything going against Bertrand or the Irish bullpen, tallying just four hits in the game. Shortstop James Parker scored Clemson’s lone run and was the only Tiger to pick up multiple hits, going 2 for 4 with a double.
The series will be decided at noon, Sunday. Clemson righthander Carter Raffield (0-0, 2.25) will make his second start of the season.