CONWAY- Jacob Jarrell hit a grand slam and Billy Amick dove in three runs as No. 16 Clemson downed No. 8 Coastal Carolina 13-6 on Wednesday night at Springs Brooks Stadium. The win gives the Tigers a sweep of the home-and-home season series.
Eight Clemson pitchers combined to limit the Chanticleers to just seven base hits. Joe Allen picked up his second win of the season, pitching a scoreless inning in the third, while striking out two. The freshman moves to 2-0 on the season.
Clemson improves to 32-17 on the season while Coastal falls to 30-17.
“Proud of the way we competed tonight,” Bakich said. “Got some big hits. none bigger than Jacob Jarrell’s grand slam early on. It helped us separate.”
Amick’s two out RBI single in the top of the first put the Tigers up a run early. Coastal Carolina’s Derek Bender would hit his 15th home run of the season in the bottom of the second, a solo shot out to right, to tie it at 1-1.
In the top of the third, Clemson would bust it open. Caden Grice drove in two, putting the Tigers up two runs. Jarrell then hit his first career grand slam later in the inning, extending the lead to 8-1. It was the freshman’s fifth home run of the year and Clemson’s fourth grand slam this season.
The Chanticleers would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly Jake Books. However, the Tigers would add to their lead in the top of the fifth, pushing across two more runs to take a 10-2 lead. The first came on a sacrifice fly by Cam Cannarella and the second on a fielding error, the Chants third of the game.
Amick continued his hot streak, launching a 403 foot home run out to left in the sixth, giving the Tigers a 12-2 advantage. it was Amick’s ninth home run and he now has 35 RBI this season. Coastal would cut into the lead in the bottom half of the inning, pushing across three runs, making it 12-5.
Caden Grice hit an opposite field, solo shot out to left in the seventh, pushing the lead back to eight at 13-5. It was Grice’s team leading 12th home run of the season. Books added another RBI hit for Coastal in the bottom half of the inning for the final margin.
“That’s good team,” Bakcih said. “You can see why they have the RPI and the national ranking they have. They’ve earned that.”
Player of the Game: Amick continues to be clutch at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and two runs scored. He is now hitting .400 on the season.
Jarrell gets the honorable mention for his big grand slam in the third. The freshman now has 17 RBI in 21 starts as Cooper Ingle’s backup behind the plate.
Stat of the Game: In what ended up basically being a bullpen game on both sides, the two teams combined to use 17 pitchers on the night.
Up Next: The Tigers will now head up to Blacksburg for a three game ACC series with Virginia Tech. The series opener is set for Friday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
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