Tigers Rally For 16-12 Win Over Eagles

Clemson's offense went nuts on Friday en route to a 16-12 win over Boston College
Clemson's offense went nuts on Friday en route to a 16-12 win over Boston College(Clemson Athletics)
Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 9:11 PM EDT
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BRIGHTON, MASS. - Caden Grice went 4-for-6 with seven RBIs and Clemson scored seven two-out runs in the seventh inning to rally for a 16-12 win over Boston College at Harrington Athletics Village on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. The Eagles dropped to 12-8 overall and 3-7 in ACC play.

Brian Dempsey led off the game with his first home run of the season and the Eagles added two more runs in the first inning, then Clemson responded with six runs in the top of the second inning, keyed by Grice’s three-run double and run-scoring singles by Elijah Henderson and James Parker.

The Eagles came right back and scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning, including three runs with two outs, to take an 8-6 lead. Boston College doubled its lead with two runs in the fifth inning, then Clemson answered with two-out, run-scoring singles by Grice and Adam Hackenberg in the sixth inning.

In the seventh inning, Clemson scored seven runs, all with two outs, to take a 15-10 lead. Parker’s two-run single tied the score, then Grice’s two-run triple put the Tigers in front before Clemson added three more runs in the frame and a run in the top of the eighth inning on Grice’s run-scoring single. The Eagles plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut Clemson’s lead to 16-12.

Grice led the Tigers’ 16-hit attack by setting career highs for hits and RBIs, while Parker and Hackenberg added three RBIs apiece. Every Eagle starter had at least one hit.

Tiger reliever Evan Estridge (1-1) earned the win, while Geoffrey Gilbert pitched 1.1 innings to record his second save of the year. Eagle reliever Joey Walsh (1-2) gave up nine runs and suffered the loss.

The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.