Jordan Greene’s game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning capped a dramatic 4-3 comeback win for the Clemson Tigers over Morehead State in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.
Clemson won after falling behind early, 2-0 and struggled to score on Morehead State starter Dalton Stambaugh. The Tigers left six men on base through the first three innings, and ended the fourth with Sam Hall getting picked off of second base.
The Tigers broke through in the fifth inning with Seth Beer hitting his 21st home run of the season, making the game 2-1. After Morehead State scored in the top of the sixth, Clemson tied the score at 3-3 on RBI hits from Justin Hawkins and Kyle Wilkie.
Greene’s heroics in the 10th marked his second walk-off hit of the season, as he won the regular-season rubber match against Florida State with a game-winning solo homer.
Despite the victory, Clemson burned a lot of its stellar bullpen arms, with Ryan Miller (2 1/3 innings), Carson Spiers (1 and 1/3 innings) and Ryley Gilliam (2/3 of an inning) contributing 4 and 2/3 innings of shutout ball to keep the Tigers close.
Clemson Head Coach Monte Lee said Morehead State gave his team all they could handle:
Clemson Head Coach Monte Lee
Tigers second baseman Jordan Greene talked postgame about his flair for the dramatic:
Clemson 2B Jordan Greene
Clemson will play a winner’s bracket contest against Vanderbilt at 7 PM Saturday. Morehead State and St. John’s meet in an elimination game at 1 PM.