CLEMSON, SC - What a day in Tiger Town! It began with the Orange & White Game in Death Valley followed by the long overdue retirement of Jack Leggett's No.7 at Doug Kingsmore. The "icing on the cake," as Erik Bakich put it after the game, was that the Tigers evened the series with a 5-1 win over Notre Dame. It was a stirring ceremony for Leggett before the game and well worth my spring from Death Valley as soon as the football game ended. Leggett addressed the fans (see video below), and he was given the honor of meeting with the umps and Notre Dame head coach at home plate. To top it off, he did a spontaneous running head-first slide into the players just before they took the field! I can seldom remember him that fired up during his coaching days!
Austin Gordon picked a good day for his best start of the season, going 6.1 innings with just one run, 4 hits and no walks. He had a couple unfortunate no-decisions earlier in the season and picked up his first win. Tristan Smith pitched a scoreless inning, and Nick Clayton continued to be the most consistent option out of the pen for the Tigers, going 1.2 scoreless innings with 4 K's, allowing 2 walks and no hits. His ERA is down to 1.78!
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st when Cannarella hit a leadoff single and scored on a sac grounder by Taylor. The Irish tied it in the 2nd thanks to an error, but Billy Amick hit a leadoff HR in the bottom half, continuing his hot week at the plate. It was his 2nd HR in 3 games. Cannarella and Ingle each hit 2-out doubles in the inning to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead, and they would add one more in the 3rd on a 2-out single by Bertram.
The Tigers will look to win their second straight ACC series on Sunday. My post-game interviews with Bakich, Leggett and Gordon are below!
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