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James Parker was the walk-off hero with his shot to the warning track in center to win the game in the 10th! He also had a 2-run HR in the 1st, as did redshirt freshman Dylan Brewer for his first career homer. Fellow redshirt freshman catcher Jonathan French added his second HR of the series, and redshirt freshman Nick Hoffman picked up his first win of the season out of the pen. Preseason All-American Davis Sharpe made his season debut at the plate, and was 1-3 with a huge 2-out RBI double in the 5th that gave the Tigers their 7th run, which they eventually needed. He was also hit by a pitch. 

Parker batted .455 in the series and came close to a few more homers. Monte said to me after the game that Parker is one of the best shortstops in the entire nation and doesn't get the credit he deserves. That's probably because they only played 17 games last season! I could see last season that he was a great defensive short and a good hitter, but he's taken it to another level and appears to be the next great Clemson SS, following guys like Logan Davidson and Brad Miller.

It was an impressive season-opening series for the Tigers. The pitching was phenomenal in the first two games, and you have to be impressed with the offense despite the absence of Hackenberg, Hall and Meredith. What a job French has done behind and at the plate! Also great to have Teo get off to a great start at the plate after the miserable season he had last year. And Henderson, who was the Tigers' hottest hitter last season, is still hitless! It's just a matter of time before he starts finding his hits.

The Gamecocks are next on Friday at Doug Kingsmore. An unusually early date for the Palmetto Series with no mid-week game! It sounds like Kier Meredith might be able to make his season debut. That would be huge for the offense. Post-game interviews are below!

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