After a weekend in which the Clemson pitching staff struggled with South Carolina’s hitters, the Tigers roared back in a big way on Tuesday afternoon. Caden Grice, Joe Allen, and Jackson Lindley combined to limit East Tennessee State to one run on six hits as Clemson snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Bucs at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Grice was effective in a scheduled short start by tossing two scoreless innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts. Allen collected his first win of the season, allowing one run in three innings of work, with Lindley notching his first save by closing out the final four innings.
The Tigers (6-6) got all the offense they would need in the second inning, scoring three times off of just one hit. Following back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, Gavin Abrams steered a single through the right side to load the bases with no one out. Jacob Jarrell then stepped to the plate and drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly into right field. The Tigers cobbled together their other two runs thanks to a fielding error and fielder’s choice to lead 3-0 going to the 3rd.
The Buccaneers (6-6) scored their lone run of the contest in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded walk. Clemson answered back in the bottom of the frame as Cam Cannarella led off with his first career homer to extend his hitting streak to twelve games and provide the final margin of victory.
Clemson is back home on Wednesday to host Presbyterian at 4 p.m.