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May 24, 2024

No. 3 Tigers Rally To Walk Off Louisville 8-7 In ACC Tournament

By: Brian Hennessy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jimmy Obertop’s walkoff walk with one out in the ninth inning lifted No. 3 Clemson to an 8-7 victory over Louisville in the ACC Tournament at Truist Field on Friday afternoon. The Tigers, who went 1-1 in the ACC Tournament, improved to 41-14 on the season. The Cardinals, who went 0-2 in the ACC Tournament, dropped to 32-24 in 2024.

Obertop’s three-run homer in the eighth inning tied the score, then three singles in a row with one out in the ninth inning set up Obertop’s walk on four pitches to end the game.

JT Benson led off the first inning with a homer, then Luke Napleton belted a two-run homer in the second inning. Dylan Hoy added a two-out, run-scoring double in the second inning. After the Cardinals manufactured an unearned run in the third inning, they scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to build a 6-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tristan Bissetta grounded a run-scoring single, then he ripped a two-out triple in the sixth inning to score a run. Jacob Jarrell followed with a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, to narrow Louisville’s lead to 6-4.

The Cardinals extended their lead with an unearned run in the seventh inning on a two-out error, then Obertop laced a three-run homer, his 19th of the season, in the eighth inning to tie the score 7-7. One-out singles by Jacob Hinderleider, Blake Wright and Cam Cannarella in the ninth inning set up Obertop’s game-winning walk.

Austin Gordon (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the win, while Tucker Biven (4-2) suffered the loss.

The announcement of the 16 NCAA regional host sites is Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is Monday at noon on ESPN2.

Photos By Cole Schmitt