For seven innings on Tuesday afternoon, the College of Charleston was getting exactly what it wanted against the Clemson Tigers. Leading 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, head coach Chad Holbrook handed the ball to one of the best relievers in the country to try and close things out at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. However, Clemson was ready for William Privette and scored two runs off of the junior right-hander to pick up a 4-3 comeback win over the Cougars. The win, Clemson’s sixth straight, improves the Tigers to 11-6, while the College of Charleston falls to 11-5 on the season.
In that decisive eighth inning, Cooper Ingle lined a run-scoring double before Will Taylor reached on an infield single to plate the tying run. An error on the play allowed the go-ahead run to score and provided the final margin of victory. Ingle had two hits and two RBIs, after going 12-for-21 in five games last week. He is now second on the club in hits (24) and tied with Cam Cannarella for the team lead in RBIs with 14.
Nick Hoffmann (2-1) earned the win in relief, while Jackson Lindley pitched the ninth inning to record his second save of the season. Privette (1-1) suffered the loss for the College, allowing two runs on three hits in one inning of relief.
The Tigers open ACC play against Duke in a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium beginning Friday, while the Cougars host Stony Brook in a three-game CAA matchup this weekend on Patriots Point.