CLEMSON, SC - I asked Davis Sharpe after the game on Sunday where he was physically and if he expected to pitch again this season. He said he was ready to go whenever the coaches decided to give him the ball, and that turned out to be 3 days later! He only pitched the first 2 innings and gave up 2 runs, but it was a step toward getting him back into the regular starting rotation. Nick Clayton, who did not pitch at all in the Louisville series because, frankly, the Tigers didn't need him, did a tremendous job in middle relief, pitching 4 scoreless innings with just 2 hits and no walks. He earned the win, improving to 6-1, and Hoffman got his third save with Gilbert also pitching one inning.
Kier Meredith remained hot at the plate, going 2-3 with a HR and a double. He reached base 3 times, scored twice and drove in 4. Parker also had a good game, going 3-5 with 2 RBI's.
The Tigers avenged their 11-2 home loss earlier in the season to Upstate, in the middle of a losing streak, and this win might indicate what a different place the team is in right now, having won 7 straight. They play Tech next in Atlanta this weekend before a home game against the No.15 Gamecocks and another tough road series at No.14 FSU.
Post-game interviews are below!
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