Clemson relied on freshman bats to to beat
Kyle Wilkie, and Logan Davidson held a hitting clinic today and led the Clemson offense to a 6-3 win over University of North Carolina-Greensboro. With the win Clemson advances to the next round against Vanderbilt to determine the regional.
A dropped ball error from Seth Beer damped the spirits of Clemson early in the 3rd inning. Clemson slipped on their defense and let UNCG go up to a 3-0 lead.
But if you are going to make an error and give up a lead there is no better way to redeem yourself than with a big response in the following inning. On the first pitch he saw in the next inning, Seth Beer answered for his mistake by blasting a home run deep in center field. The big hit allowed Clemson to keep their heads up after and erase those three runs in the third inning.
For the rest of the game it was freshman Kyle Wilkie’s bat who set the tempo for the Tiger’s offense. He had the lead off single in the 5th inning that eventually cut the lead to 3-2. And again it was Wilkie’s bat that lead off the 7th inning with a single, the set up fellow freshman Logan Davidson for a two run homer. Monte Lee was proud that his freshman batters stepped and made a name for themselves in this one.
“That was obviously was a huge at bat right there as well,” said Monte Lee after the win. “It’s pretty cool when you get guys like Wilke, Davidson and Owner Giffith. You’ve got three freshman right there making major, major contributions to our team tonight to help us win this ballgame.”
For the day Wilkie was a perfect 3-3 at the plate and only failed to reach base once on a sacrifice bunt that sent Grayson Byrd to third base and eventually home for the Tigers final run of the game.
First pitch for the next game against Vanderbilt is 9:50 p.m.
Listen to what Monte Lee had to say about the win over UNCG in the player below: