Clemson didn’t pass its final test before its huge rivalry series with USC this weekend. The Tigers lost at home to Winthrop 3-2 in 11 innings Wednesday afternoon.
“We didn’t really hit well at all,” Tigers Coach Jack Leggett said. “Their kid got in a pattern and we didn’t make very good adjustments. We couldn’t build any innings, we couldn’t get anyone on base. It’s tough to win a ball game when you don’t get guys on base.
And just case you were wondering, Leggett said the Tigers were NOT looking ahead to the series with the Gamecocks this weekend.
“No we weren’t looking ahead to anyone,” Leggett said bluntly.
Freshman Matthew Crownover started on the mound for Clemson and pitched well sans the solo homer he gave up to Eagles left fielder Nick Bateman in the 3rd inning. That was the only hit Crownover allowed. He struck out four and walked one in his three innings of work. Matt Campbell ended up with the loss, giving up one run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Winthrop’s Eric Ruth picked up the win.
- Clemson drops to 5-2 this season. Winthrop moves to 3-5.
- Clemson only had six hits, but steal doubled up the Eagles three hit total.
- Clemson pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts.
- This is Winthrop 5th win in 23 times in the series against Clemson.
- The Eagles are led by former Clemson assistant Tom Riginos
Take a listen to Jack Legget’s post game comments below: