Story by Nikki Hood: CLEMSON – Clemson played perhaps its best baseball game of the year when it mattered most.
Tyler Jackson pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout and Weston Jackson had three hits and drove in three runs to lead No. 1 seed Clemson to a 6-0 victory over No. 2 seed Vanderbilt in the early hours of Monday morning at the NCAA Clemson Regional in Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers and Commodores will meet again Monday at 4:00 PM for the regional title and a spot in the Super Regional round of the tournament.
The Tigers got the early momentum by scoring in the top of the first. Seth Beer was hit by a pitch with two out, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. That brought up Chase Pinder, who fell into a quick 0-2 hole but doubled down the left field line, scoring Beer for a 1-0 lead.
Vanderbilt’s Drake Fellows pitched four scoreless innings before Clemson broke through again. Weston Jackson launched a 1-1 pitch into the Chapman Grandstands to extend Clemson’s lead to 2-0 in the sixth. It was Jackson’s eighth home run of the season.
The Tigers let a golden opportunity to add to the lead slip by in the seventh. Logan Davidson singled to left with two out, and Reed Rohlman followed with a fielder’s choice (and a late throw to second) that put runners at first and second. The Commodores elected to replace Fellows with lefty Zach King, who came in to pitch to Seth Beer. Beer walked on a 3-2 count, but Pinder’s rocket to short was fielded cleanly and the score stayed 2-0.
The Tigers added on in the eighth. Weston Jackson singled to center with one out, and he moved to second on a wild pitch. Grayson Byrd rifled a 0-2 pitch past the second baseman and into right field and Jackson scored easily to make it 3-0. Byrd, who moved to second on the throw, scored easily on Wilkie’s double down the right field that made it 4-0.
Monte Lee talks about the win over Vanderbilt
Tyler Jackson talks about his performance
Weston Jackson on staying alive in the regional
Kyle Wilkie reflection on Sunday’s two must wins