Tigers Sweep The Tar Heels in Dramatic Fashion

Patrick Brown
March 10, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Clemson swept the series against the number five team in the country, the North Carolina Tar Heels. That headline sounds normal, but this sweep was unlike any sweep you have ever seen. Two games with late game dramatics and a game that was never in doubt.

The series was delayed due to rain, so both teams had to play a double header on Saturday. For both teams, this wasn’t their first time playing a Saturday double header. In fact both teams have played a double header in all but one of their series so far in the season. In game one of the double header, North Carolina started strong taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. They added one more run in the top of the seventh to make it 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. Then Clemson turned the tide. Hawkins started the inning with a double and would eventually score on an error on North Carolina to make the score 2-1. Clemson needed something in the bottom of the ninth to give them the victory. They tied the game with a single from Meredith to score Green from second and to move Fairey to third. Then, craziness ensued. Joey Lancellotti faked a throw to third base, which a new rule this year rules that an automatic balk, and Fairy was able to score on a balk. That is right, Clemson won game one, 3-2,  on a balkoff. Jacob Hennessy earns the victory and moves to 2-0 on the season, while the loss went to Joey Lancellotti, 0-1 on the season.

Game two was all Clemson. North Carolina got the early lead in the first with a throwing error which scored Harris for the Tar Heels. However, after that the Tigers scored at least two runs in the next five innings. This included four in the second, three in the fourth, and five in the fifth. There was nothing the Tar Heels could do at that point and loses game two 17-3. Clemson had two batters hit .800 average in that game, Grayson Byrd and Bryar Hawkins, with both going four for five. At this point Clemson had already won the series, but they were looking for the sweep going into game three.

Game three was very much like game one of the series. Both teams playing their absolute best baseball that they could play. North Carolina, like in every game this series, was the first to score when Martorano scored Roberts on a single to make it 1-0. Clemson rallied back in the fifth with a Teodosio solo homerun and a double by Davidson to score Hall to make it 2-1. The Tar Heels battled back and scored three runs over three innings to take a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Clemson needed another great run in order to get the sweep. Another pitching error helped the Tigers with a passed ball scores Byrd in the bottom of the eighth to make is 4-3. Clemson get the Tar Heels out in a 1-2-3 inning to keep the score the same. It looked like the same thing was going to happen to the Tigers when they had two quick out to leave it to Sam Hall. Hall rips a double to give the Tigers some life as Logan Davidson stepped up to the plate. Davidson sent a bomb to right field that left the building. Clemson wins on a walkoff 5-4.

A new rule helped the Tigers in game one, and their bats helped games two and three. Clemson gets two days off before playing again back home on Wednesday against Coastal Carolina. First pitch in that game at 6 P.M. with the pregame starting on ESPN Upstate at 5:30 P.M.

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