Even with a five run lead Clemson couldn’t get USC out of its head at Carolina Stadium Friday night The Gamecocks scored 8 straight runs, turning a 6-1 hole into a 9-6 win and continuing its streak of dominance in this series. USC has won 12 of the past 16 games over their Upstate rival.
Clemson had all the momentum after plating four runs in the fourth and tacking another run the following inning. But the Tigers started unraveling when Grayson Greiner snatched all the momentum back with a one out grand slam in the bottom of the 5th inning to make it a one run game. The Gamecocks squeezed the noose tighter in the 6th, scoring two more and taking a lead they would not five back.
How bad was it for Clemson? Well, they committed four errors, and would have had five if not for a generous infield hit call on a ball Greiner hit. The Tigers pitchers threw four wild pitches. Meanwhile, USC committed just one error and did not throw any pitches to the backstop.
Greiner finished with three hits and a career high five RBIs. Tanner English made up for two atrocious at-bats with a solo homer in the 7th that gave the Gamecocks an insurance run. It was just the second homer of English’s career.
The pitching matchup everyone thought was going to be special didn’t live up to its billing. USC ace Jordan Montgomery pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs, five of them were earned. He struck out nine and walked five. Tigers ace Daniel Gossett gave up five runs in his 4 2/3 inning of work, but only three were earned. He walked three and had two of the four wild pitches.
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