No. 4 Tigers hold off Bucs' challenge in extra innings, 6-5

No. 4 Tigers hold off Bucs' challenge in extra innings, 6-5

CLEMSON, S.C. - Andrew Cox connected on a bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to help No. 4 Clemson hold off a midweek challenge from Charleston Southern on Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, 6-5.

The Bucs (16-15) utilized a four-run fourth inning to hold the lead throughout the majority of the contest. Clemson battled back with a three-run home run off the bat of Logan Davidson in the sixth inning and a Chris Williams' sacrifice fly in the ninth before Cox's walk-off sealed the comeback in the 11th.

CSU was paced on the evening by a strong performance from starter Cody Maw as the left-hander went 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out two. Eddie Hiott and Ryan Stoudemire pitched the Bucs out of trouble in the seventh and eighth innings, while Cody Smith struck out three in two innings' work. Wil Hartsell (1-4) suffered the loss allowing three hits and a run in the final frame.

Jeremy Beasley (1-0) picked up the win for the Tigers. The sixth and final pitcher sent to the mound on Tuesday, Beasley went the final 0.1 innings for his first victory of the season. CU's Tyler Jackson earned the start and went 3.1 innings allowing seven hits and five runs before turning the ball over to the bullpen. The Tigers bullpen went the final 7.2 innings allowing four hits while striking out seven to close out the contest.

Nate Blanchard connected on his third home run of the season to spark the CSU offense on the afternoon, while Aaron Miller, Brandon Gragilla, and Kyle Vesnesky all had two hits apiece for the Bucs. Blanchard and Cole German both drove in a pair of runs.

Clemson took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Cox connected on a one-out RBI single to left center scoring Davidson.

Blanchard evened the score in the top of the third as the senior infielder connected on a solo home run that cleared the right field fence.

After Maw pitched around a Clemson single in the bottom of the third, the Bucs sent eight batters to the plate and recorded six hits in building the 5-1 lead. The Bucs opened the inning with five consecutive singles with Vesnesky bringing home Gragilla and German driving in Singleton and Vesnesky during the stretch for the first three runs. Blanchard added the fourth on a sacrifice bunt allowing Singleton to score to give CSU the four-run advantage.

Davidson's three-run home run pulled the Tigers back within one run with one out in the bottom of the sixth. His blast cleared the left field fence and brought home Williams and Reed Rohlman to narrow the margin to 5-4.

Chase Pinder and Williams tied the game up in the ninth against CSU relief ace Cody Smith. Pinder drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a hit by pitch. A line drive to right field allowed Pinder to third, and then he scored on Williams' sacrifice to right to even the score.

Gragilla doubled for the Bucs in the top of the 10th while Vesnesky singled and Singleton drew a walk in the 11th to put runners on base in each inning, but CSU was unable to re-take the lead against the Tigers

Rohlman and Williams connected on singles to put runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the 11th against CSU reliever Hartsell. The Bucs walked Davidson to load the bases before Cox's single down the right field line brought home the game-winning run.

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Charleston Southern returns home to host College of Charleston at the CSU Ballpark tomorrow night. First pitch between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 6 p.m.

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