NO.4 CLEMSON CRUISES IN ATLANTA, HITS 10 HR's IN DOMINANT SWEEP OF GEORGIA TECH
- 2023-03-28 15:59:41
ATLANTA, GA - The Tigers did it with pitching and defense last week when they swept UFA at home, but they went on the road in the ACC for the first time this weekend and demonstrated that they can dominate with both offense and defense, as they swept the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. The Tigers didn't hit a single HR in the UVA series last week, but after 4 days off during Spring Break, they went deep 10 times against Tech!
After a bit of a HR lull, Cagle homered in all 3 games, giving her 11 for the season and tying her for 12 nationally. Jacobsen also homered thrice in the series--twice on Saturday and once on Sunday--moving her to 2nd on the team with 10. Cagle picked up 2 more wins in the circle, including a one-hit, one-walk, 5-inning shutout on Sunday, making her 15-1 on the season. Her only loss, of course, was an ace of a game against No.3 Tennessee that ended 1-0. Cagle now has an ERA of 0.49, which is 4th nationally. She is also 11th in batting average at .485 and 12th in HR's. If the season ended tomorrow, I don't see how anyone comes close to her for National Player of the Year!
The Tigers bookended the series with 5-inning run-rule wins, giving them 13 on the season. Their bats were hot right out of the gate, as Cagle and Logoleo homered to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead in the 1st on Friday. They went on to win that one 9-1. With an ERA under 1.00, Millie Thompson got the start in the circle on Saturday and cruised for 4 innings but then gave up 3 runs in the 5th to tie the game. The offense responded, however, and retook the lead 5-3 on a 2-run HR by Davenport. Rittman felt safe bringing in Spencer to pitch the 6th, but she gave up a leadoff HR to make it 5-4 in the bottom half of the inning, and a double gave Tech the tying run on 2nd with no outs. Spencer was able to retire the next 3 batters to escape the inning, the Tigers gave her some insurance in the 7th with Jacobsen's second HR of the game, and Spencer went 1-2-3 in the 7th for the 8-4 win. That snapped a streak of 18 straight games in which the Tigers did not allow more than one run! Sunday, was a no-doubter. Cagle and Jacobsen both homered early, and the Tigers scored 7 runs with 2 outs in the 5th for the 13-0 run-rule win!
In my opinion, this is the best team in the country right now. The Tigers are 32-1 and 9-0 in the ACC. They've won 18 straight and 27 straight at home. Their only loss was 1-0 to No.3 Tennessee down in Florida a month ago. No other team in the nation is as dominant offensively and defensively as the Tigers! They are top 10 in just about every statistical category. We'll find out if they really should be No.1 in a couple weeks when a top-10 FSU team comes calling! In the meantime, the Tigers host the Gamecocks next on Tuesday. Our exclusive post-game interview with Rittman is below!
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