Clemson continues to tear through the southeast like a locomotive, flattening its last six opponents and 11 of its last 12. Virginia Tech is the latest witness to the horsepower, falling to the Tigers 15-4 in Blacksburg, Va., Friday.
The Hokies jumped out to an early advantage, taking a 4-1 lead before the Tigers exploded for eight runs in the top half of the fifth inning. Clemson added a run in the sixth, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth, reaching double-digit runs for the second consecutive game. Cam Cannarella sparked the fifth-inning rally with a two-run double. Cannarella later added an RBI groundout and a solo homer to finish with four RBI’s.
Billy Amick also had a big day at the dish, driving in three runs on three hits. Will Taylor also homered and Riley Bertram went 4-for-5 with two RBI’s. In total, Clemson (33-17, 15-10) racked up 20 hits and left just five runners stranded.
Jackson Lindley (2-3) threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win and Reed Garris delivered four outs to lower his ERA to 2.22.
Game 2 of the series from Blacksburg, Va., is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday.