Clemson’s midweek trip to the coast was quickly ruined by Dale Thomas and the Chanticleers lineup, Tuesday. Thomas hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs as Coastal Carolina demolished the Tigers in Conway, 17-2.
With an eye toward their final conference series, Monte Lee utilized nine pitchers, several of whom were ineffective. Coastal Carolina (34-16-1) teed off early, putting up crooked numbers in the second, third and fourth innings. Clemson pitchers issued ten walks and plunked six Coastal hitters. The Chants took both games against Clemson (32-21) this season in dominant fashion, outscoring the Tigers by a combined score of 33-9.
Offensively, Benjamin Blackwell drove in both Clemson runs and Blake Wright extended his hitting streak to 13 games. For the Chanticleers, the victory should boost their RPI as they make a push to wrap up an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. For Clemson, the humbling loss may serve as a wakeup call as the Tigers look to bolster their own NCAA resume by finishing strong in conference play. Clemson closes out the regular season with a three-game set against ACC foe Boston College starting Thursday at 6 p.m.