Clemson’s lineup managed just four singles in a 4-1 loss at no. 6 Notre Dame, Friday. Irish ace John Michael Bertrand (5-0) lived up to the billing, keeping Tigers hitters off balance over 8.1 innings.
The Tigers fell behind in the bottom of the second inning when the Irish (18-5, 6-4) plated two runs on four hits against starter Mack Anglin (4-3). After the early trouble, Anglin kept Clemson close, giving up three runs, two earned, in a season-high 6.2 innings. But the Tigers never seriously threatened, producing their only run when Caden Grice scampered in from third on a passed ball in the fourth.
Grice seemed the be the only Tiger seeing the ball well on a cool and windy afternoon in South Bend, Ind., drawing a walk in addition to rapping out a pair of hits. The road team’s best scoring opportunities came in the second, third and fourth innings, but Clemson (19-10, 2-7) hitters were unable to deliver the big hit, stranding a pair of runners in each instance.
Clemson will try to even the series at 2 p.m., Saturday.