Jake Higginbotham, Travis Marr and Ryley Gilliam combined to pitch No. 6 Clemson to a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame in the second game of a doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the doubleheader and won the series 2-1, improved to 25-7 overall and 10-5 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish dropped to 13-18 overall and 5-10 in ACC play.
Chris Williams lined a two-out single to score Logan Davidson in the first inning. Clemson scored two runs in the fifth inning, as Kier Meredith ripped a run-scoring single, then Jordan Greene scored on a double steal. In the sixth inning, the Fighting Irish scored two runs, but Clemson answered with two runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Williams' run-scoring single.
Higginbotham (4-1) earned the win by allowing five hits, two runs and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Gilliam pitched the final 2.0 innings to record his fifth save of the year. Cameron Junker (0-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up five hits, three runs and one walk with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.
The Tigers travel to North Augusta, S.C., to take on Georgia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Clemson is the designated home team in the inaugural game at SRP Park.
First game of doubleheader story:
Kier Meredith and Kyle Wilkie both hit their first career home runs and Jordan Greene hit his third homer in the last four games to lead No. 6 Clemson to a 6-3 victory over Notre Dame in the first game of a doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium on Sunday. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 24-7 overall and 9-5 in the ACC. The Fighting Irish fell to 13-17 overall and 5-9 in ACC play.
In the third inning, Greene and Meredith hit solo homers on consecutive pitches. It was Greene's third home run of the season. Greene added to his RBI total with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Drew Wharton ripped a two-out, run-scoring single in the fifth inning, then Wilkie belted a solo long ball in the sixth inning. Bryce Gray laced a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to score Eric Gilgenbach.
Tiger starter Brooks Crawford (3-1) earned the win in a career-long 7.0 innings pitched. The junior righthander allowed just five hits, one run and one walk with one strikeout to register his third career victory against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame starter Tommy Sheehan (1-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up six hits, six runs and three walks with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.