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Mar 11, 2020

Fairey’s Walkoff Single in 11th Inning Lifts No. 19 Tigers Over Eagles 3-2

By: Brian Hennessy

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Chad Fairey’s two-out single in the 11th inning scored Elijah Henderson in No. 19 Clemson’s 3-2 walkoff win over Winthrop at Doug Kingsmore on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who upped their winning streak to five, improved to 14-3, while the Eagles fell to 11-4.

James Parker lined a two-out, run-scoring single in the second inning to score the game’s first run, then Winthrop tied the score in the fifth inning on Luke Hannum’s two-out, run-scoring single. The Eagles took the lead in the eighth inning with a run thanks in large part to two costly Tiger errors on bunts and two walks.

In the ninth inning, Bryar Hawkins hit a one-out single and pinch-runner Sam Hall advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Davis Sharpe reached on an infield single and Hall scored on the play on the errant throw to first base. In the 11th inning, Henderson lined a one-out double and advanced to third base on Kier Meredith’s single. After an intentional walk and a strikeout, Fairey ripped a line drive over Cale Gibson’s head in right field to score Henderson for the winning run.

Nick Hoffman (2-1) retired all three batters he faced to earn the win, while Garrett Gainey (1-1) suffered the loss.

Photos by Lucas Downs