MVP SAM HALL, NO.14 CLEMSON LOSE RUBBER MATCH 14-3 IN COLUMBIA; FIRST PALMETTO SERIES LOSS IN 5 YEARS
- 2019-03-03 15:25:57
COLUMBIA, SC - Friday's 5-4 loss in Clemson proved to be the pivotal game of the Palmetto Series. The Tigers were able to win the rubber match of the Palmetto Series for the last 4 straight years, but it was not to be this time in Columbia. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but it was all downhill from there. Freshman Wrobleski was chased from the game in the 1st inning after giving up a one-out HR to make the score 5-1. He started the game with two singles and a double, and after a foul out, he gave up another single and the home run. I wrote before the game that I didn't feel good about the freshman starting in this environment, and I was right. I thought Hennessy or even Freshman Keyshawn Askew should have started. Askew has looked better than Wrobleski so far, but Monte wanted to give Wrobleski another chance to see what he could do. Monte told me after the game that he didn't have any second thoughts about it, but I think you can expect to see a different Sunday starter next week and maybe even a different Friday starter after the way Crawford has looked in the first 3 starts.
Davidson hit his 2nd HR in as many days, 4th of the season to tie Teo for the team lead, but not much else went right for the Tigers today. Hall was the series MVP for the Tigers. He was 3-4 today and 5-10 in the series with a HR, 3 walks and 3 steals.
It was Monte Lee's first loss in the Palmetto Series after winning the last 3, and it was the Gamecocks' first Palmetto Series win in 5 years. The Tigers fall to 8-3 on the season and will play Furman in Greenville on Tuesday at 6:00.
Post-game interviews with Monte Lee and MVP Sam Hall are below.
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