On Friday, a trio of Tigers’ pitchers baffled the Hokies, limiting Virginia Tech to 2 runs. But what a difference a day can make as VT knocked around Clemson hurlers for 15 hits in an 11-3 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Saturday.
Clemson (7-9, 2-6) had won seven in a row against Virginia Tech before Saturday. Ty Olenchuk (1-3, 5.60) suffered the loss after he surrendered two runs in 1 and 2/3 innings of work. The Tigers were still within striking distance before giving up three unearned runs in the sixth and seventh innings behind hard-luck reliever Jackson Lindley.
Head coach Monte Lee said, “We didn’t do anything well. We didn’t pitch well, we certainly didn’t swing the bats well and played poorly defensively …. We’re going to have to flush it and we’ve got a chance to win the series tomorrow. Hopefully, Keyshawn (Askew) can get us off on the right foot early in the ballgame.”
On the positive side of the ledger, James Parker hit his fourth home run of the season. Tanner Thomas also homered in a pinch-hitting role. Keyshawn Askew (0-0, 0.00) will head to the mound, Sunday, for his first start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.