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Clemson’s offense had been hampered recently by its inability to come up with the big hit in crucial situations, leaving too many runners stranded in close games. The Tigers reversed that trend in a big way, Tuesday, hammering out 15 hits en route to a 16-6 (7 innings) victory over 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson (17-13) batters excelled with runners on, going 11 for 22 in that situation, including 3 for 3 with the bases full. Caden Grice (.347) led the charge with four RBIs and Cam Cannarella (.420) continued to build on his remarkable season by scoring three runs and driving home three more. Will Taylor, Riley Bertram and Billy Amick all drove in two runs, apiece.
Coastal Carolina (18-8) scored in five of the first six innings, but just couldn’t keep pace as the Tigers put up ten runs in their final three turns. Nick Hoffman (3-1) picked up the win in relief of Ethan Darden. Darden surrendered just one run in three innings to lower his ERA to 4.63.
Both clubs get back into conference action, Thursday, with the Chanticleers hosting Georgia Southern and Clemson traveling to Florida State. First pitch between the Tigers and Seminoles from Tallahassee, Fla., is set for 8 p.m.