Clemson came into their game with Winthrop on Wednesday riding a four game winning streak. The latest being a 12-0 win over Presbyterian on Tuesday, that gave Tiger fans hopes that the offense was coming to life.
Winthrop came in hot also, boasting an 11-3 record, after starting 8-0 for the first time since 1987. This was their chance to get a huge win and it showed.
After Clemson took a 1-0 in the bottom of the second the Eagles battled back to tie it up in the top of the fifth. Entering the top of the eighth, the game was still tied 1-1. After a walk, a fielding error on a bunt, and another error on a throw to third, Winthrop was leading 2-1.
Clemson entered the ninth down to their last chance and the Tigers delivered. Bryar Hawkins laced a single to left. Sam Hall then came in to run and took second on a wild pitch. Davis Sharpe later hit a ground ball that the shortstop overthrew to first, allowing Sam Hall to score tying the game at 2.
The Tigers entered the bottom of the 11th still tied. After a groundout by Dylan Brewer, Elijah Henderson doubled to left. Kier Meredith then came up with a chance to win it, hitless on the night, and having his on base streak in jeopardy.
Meredith hit an infield single to keep his streak intact and advance Henderson to third. Hall was then walked to load the bags. After Sharpe struck out for the second out, Chad Fairey came up and hit a single to right field that scored Henderson for the walk-off win.
Clemson now gets ready to head to Wake Forest for a weekend series that’s scheduled for Friday (6pm on ACC Network Extra), Saturday (3pm on ACC Network), and Sunday (1pm on ACC Network Extra). However, with all the cancellations, chances are good this series isn’t played. If it is, it will be with no fans in the stands.