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Feb 23, 2019

Greene’s Homer Propels Tigers Over VMI 8-6 in Game 1 of Doubleheader

By: Brian Hennessy

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Jordan Greene’s two-run homer in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and lifted No. 14 Clemson to an 8-6 victory over Virginia Military in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 4-1, while the Keydets dropped to 2-4. It was the second all-time meeting between the two programs and first since 1916.

Nathan Loyd belted a two-run homer, his first of the year, in the first inning. In the third inning, the Tigers plated two runs, highlighted by Sam Hall’s run-scoring double and Grayson Byrd’s run-scoring single. After the Keydets tied the score with a run in the top of the sixth inning, Clemson answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks in large part to five walks.

Jake Huggins blasted a three-run homer, his third of the season, in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score 6-6. But the Tigers answered again in the bottom of the seventh inning on Greene’s two-run homer, his second of the season.

Mat Clark (2-0) earned the win in relief by tossing 1.2 innings with three strikeouts. Carson Spiers pitched the ninth inning to record his third save of the year. Nathan Light (0-2) suffered the loss.

The series continues Saturday with the second game of the doubleheader at 5:15 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.

Photos by Emily Goad