DURHAM, N.C.- Austin Gordon just keeps churning out quality starts for Clemson.
The sophomore has been a constant on the mound this season as the right-hander is the only current weekend starter that began the season in the starting rotation.
Gordon has also been one of the Tigers’ most consistent arms. After throwing six strong innings of scoreless baseball in Friday’s 4-1 win over Boston College in pool play of the ACC Tournament, Gordon now has six consecutive starts of five innings or longer.
“Gordon went out there and he does what he does. He went out there and threw all those pitches for strikes, all 17 of them,” teammate Caden Grice said with a grin after the win. And he dominated.”
Friday’s outing was the second time this season Gordon has silenced the Boston College bats. Back on April 28 in Chestnut Hill, Gordon went 6.2 innings, allowing just three runs on three hits, while striking out seven. However, he would be the victim of a tough luck loss, as Clemson managed just two hits of their own and dropped the game 3-1. And they haven’t lost since.
In Friday’s win, Gordon allowed just a pair of hits, both to Vince Cimini, who finished the game 2-for-4 with a double.
“I think we had a good plan going in,” Cimini said. “We struggled earlier in the year against him. We broke through for a couple of runs at our place but being able to pitch up at the top of the zone has kind of been a trend that a lot of pitchers are taking now and it’s very effective. You just mishit a ball and it feels like you got it, then kind of hangs up in the air. I think that’s what he did well today.”
With the win over Boston College, Gordon is now 2-4 on the season. However, his win-loss record doesn’t tell the entire story. He sports an ERA of 4.41 and even more impressive is his WHIP of 1.15. He has pitched a team-high 79.2 innings, with 70 strike outs and has issued just 21 walks.
And with Gordon pitching at a high level, Boston College head coach Mike Gambino thinks this Clemson team is capable of making a deep run not only here in Durham, but beyond.
“Austin Gordon today was really, really good,” Gambino said. “We were able to get him for a couple at our place early on, but he gave us fits in our place once and then did it again. That kid’s good. And that Clemson ball club… we have some really good ball clubs in this conference, and obviously they’re right there with anybody in the country.”
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