Clemson routs Virginia Tech 14-5 after trailing in early innings

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Published: May. 24, 2023 at 11:01 PM EDT
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Caden Grice hit a grand slam in Clemson’s seven-run sixth inning and the Tigers rallied to defeat Virginia Tech 14-5 on Wednesday night in the ACC Tournament.

Trailing 5-3 entering the sixth inning, Clemson (40-17) took the lead after two runs scored on an outfield error followed by Cam Cannarella’s go-ahead single. Grice’s slam capped the rally and was his team-high 15th home run of the season, giving him a team-high 58 RBIs.

Clemson used seven pitchers, the last four of which did not allow a run over the final five innings. B.J. Bailey (2-2), the fourth pitcher, was credited with the win.

Both Billy Amick and Riley Bertram had three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers.

No. 3 seed Clemson will play sixth-seeded Boston College on Friday, with the winner finishing first in Pool C and advancing to the semifinals on Saturday

No. 10 seed Virginia Tech (30-23) finished last in the three-team pool.

Carson DeMartini hit a two-run single and Sam Tackett drove in another run with a single in Virginia Tech’s three-run fourth inning that gave the Hokies the two-run lead.

Starter Drue Hackenberg (5-8) took the loss for Virginia Tech after allowing seven runs - three earned - in 5 2/3 innings.