Clemson Softball wins inaugural game, scores 15 unanswered runs to bookend tournament

CUTrevor 2020-02-07 15:01:13

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Clemson Softball team (1-0, 0-0 ACC) won its inaugural game 6-2 over St. John’s Friday morning at UCF’s Black & Gold tournament in Orlando, Florida. Freshman right-handed pitcher Logan Caymol earned the program’s first-ever win in the circle and posted a game-high eight strikeouts. Freshman shortstop Hannah Goodwin belted an opposite field three-run homer over the right-field wall to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth, which gave Clemson a 4-1 lead.

“A lot of emotions obviously, setting history, and first game in 2020,” said Clemson Head Coach John Rittman after the game. “It's been a long time coming. As coaches, we've been here since late 2017. It's all coming to reality. Today was a great effort by our team. I felt that we had some great performances today, starting in the circle with Logan Caymol. The battery with she and JoJo Hyatt were terrific. We had some clutch hits - Hannah Goodwin breaking the game open with a big home run (and) Cammy Pereira providing a lot of spark offensively.”

St. John’s secured an initial 1-0 lead to open the game after Red Storm base runners on the corners stole home and second. In the bottom of the second, Cammy Pereira’s single through the left side, which resulted in Clemson’s first-ever hit, RBI and run scored (Bailey Taylor), tied the game, 1-1. Later in the sixth, Marissa Guimbarda and Goodwin were both hit by pitches with the bases loaded, which extended the Tigers’ lead, 6-2.

“I thought as the game wore on, we settled down at the plate, got the adrenaline out of us and started having some good at-bats, and came away with a victory.”

Clemson returns to the field at UCF to take on Duke at 12:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 7). Live Stats can be accessed on the Tigers’ softball schedule page on

For complete coverage of the Tiger softball team, follow @ClemsonSoftball on Twitter andInstagram and Facebook.

CUTrevor 2020-02-07 16:05:34

The ACC is going to be a little more difficult. Lol The Tigers lost to Duke 11-0 in their second game on Friday. The mercy rule was invoked after the 5th inning.

The home opener and first-ever game at Clemson is next Wednesday, and I'll have live coverage for you.

CUTrevor 2020-02-10 10:58:46

ORLANDO, Fla. – Trailing 9-4 entering the top of the sixth, the Clemson Softball team scored 15 straight runs in the final two innings of the game to defeat St. John’s 19-9 on Sunday at UCF Softball Complex. Marissa Guimbarda’s single up the middle in the top of the seventh inning gave Clemson the lead, at which point the Tigers did not look back. Clemson went on to score another eight runs in the inning with help of MK Bonamy, who recorded her first career grand slam in the top of the seventh. Freshman pitcher Valerie Cagle, who hit her first career home run in today’s first at bat, also earned her first career win in the circle.

Clemson led 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, but the Red Storm scored four runs before the inning was over, and then three in the fifth, to take a 9-4 lead entering the sixth. Freshman Abi Stuart led off for the Tigers in the top of the sixth and – in her first career at-bat – homered to center field on the first pitch of the inning, which kick started the Tigers’ late-game run. Clemson scored two more runs in the top of the inning to cut the St. John’s lead to one. After a Red Storm single through the right side in the bottom of the sixth, Clemson Head Coach John Rittman, re-entered Cagle, who started the game for the Tigers, into the circle. With runners on first and second, St. John’s laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners successfully, but Cagle forced back-to-back groundouts to end the inning with her team down two runs.

The Tigers setup Guimbarda’s eventual game-winning hit with Morgan Johnson and Stuart – the first two batters of the seventh inning – reaching base safely before Cammy Pereira singled up the middle to put both Johnson and Stuart in scoring position. Then, Bonamy hit another single up the middle to score Johnson and Stuart, which tied the game, and brought Guimbarda to the plate. Clemson scored on five more at-bats, including Bonamy’s grand slam.

Left fielder Grace Mattimore, a transfer from Army West Point who joined the team in January, was also effective for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 on the day along with four RBIs.

With the win, Clemson improved to 2-3 on the season, while St. John’s fell to 0-4.

Up next, Clemson is set for its inaugural home opener – a doubleheader against Western Carolina – on Wednesday, Feb. 12. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday’s matchup against the Catamounts is slated to be the first-ever softball game to air on ACC Network. To access Clemson Softball live stats, visit

For complete coverage of the Tiger softball team, follow @ClemsonSoftball on Twitter andInstagram and Facebook.