Clemson came into the rubber game looking to take another rivalry series against UofSC. The Tigers started just like they did in game two by scoring one run in the first. They then gave up 2 runs on three straight hits in the second. That gave the Gamecocks a 2-1 advantage.
Clemson loaded the bags in the sixth with no outs but got no runs after the Gamecocks left fielder dropped the ball. The batters thought he was out and in all of the confusion the all of them returned to their respective bags. While this happened. The Tiger batter passed the runner on first which led to an unconventional Double play. Most would say it was just bad baseball luck.
The Tigers would then load the bases again in the bottom of the seventh and this time they would not have such bad luck. Clemson sent eight batters to the plate in the inning and 4 of them crossed the plate, including Elijah Henderson who, at the time of the tie, had scored both of the Tigers runs on sac flies by Bryar Hawkins.
By the end of the seventh Clemson had taken a 5-2 lead.
Carson Spiers came on in the eighth and got his fourth save, holding the Gamecocks scoreless over the final two innings.
This was Clemson’s 100th win at home against UofSC in the series. It was also the 117th straight game that the Tigers have scored at least one run, the third longest streak in college baseball right now.
Clemson returns to the field on Wednesday, when they take on College of Charleston at Doug Kingsmore. First pitch is at 4pm.