The Clemson Tigers scored an ACC Tournament record 17 runs in the fourth inning to cruise to a mercy-rule-shortened 21-4 victory over Notre Dame to open their time at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Clemson trailed 3-0 after two innings, as Spencer Strider turned in a sub-par outing to begin the afternoon.
Mother nature helped catalyze the Tigers offense after a 48-minute a lightning delay, as Kyle Wilkie put the Tigers on the board to cut the Notre Dame lead to two runs.
The historic fourth began meekly with a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring wild pitch to tie the game, before Jordan Greene put Clemson on top with a two-run single. By the end of the inning, Logan Davidson drove in six runs (seven for the game) homering from both sides of the plate, Seth Beer went deep for his ACC-leading 20th long ball and Chris Williams hit the iconic bull which sits over left field as an omage to the movie based on the park’s primary tenant.
Notre Dame needed six pitchers to get through the inning, as Clemson sent 21 men to the plate, with 17 of them scoring on 11 hits, four home runs, two wild pitches to score runs and one bases-loaded walk.
By virtue of the Irish losing on Tuesday, this game had no bearing on Clemson’s ACC Tournament standings, but Head Coach Monte Lee was proud of the resolve his team showed to treat the game like any other:
The Clemson players collectively felt as if they’d never seen an inning like Wednesday’s fourth frame:
Clemson SS Logan Davidson, OF Seth Beer & 1B Chris Williams
Clemson and Miami play Thursday night at 7 PM for the right to play in the ACC Semifinals this weekend. The Tigers will start RHP Brooks Crawford (8-2, 3.45 ERA), their normal game-two series starter on the mound.