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Feb 16, 2020

Tigers’ Sixth-Inning Surge Leads Clemson to Victory Over MSU

Photos by Kaitlyn Cote, Clemson Athletic Communications

CLEMSON, S.C. The Clemson Softball team won its fifth-straight game, including all four of its Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups, defeating Michigan State 8-4 Sunday afternoon at Clemson Softball Stadium. The Tigers upped their overall record to 7-4 and 5-1 in Clemson Softball Stadium and sold out five of its first six home games in its inaugural season. With the loss, Michigan State fell to 1-7 overall.

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Freshman right-hander Logan Caymol was dominant in the tournament in the circle, going 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA and gave up just one earned run in 13.0 innings, with opponents hitting just .116. 

She entered Sunday’s game in relief with the Tigers ahead 4-3 in the fifth, and improved to 5-1 on the season after the Spartans knotted the game at 4-4. Caymol and starter Valerie Cagle combined to fan 11, and gave up just one earned run. 

In addition to her strong performance pitching, Cagle got it done offensively, going 7-for-15 with three homers and 10 RBIs. Four of Guimbarda’s six hits in the tournament left the yard, as she put up a 1.583 slugging percentage in the four games. Both Cagle and Guimbarda tallied their fifth home run of the season in the contest. 

Caymol got out of a jam with runners on first and second with no outs before the Tigers rang up four runs in the sixth. Clemson senior MK Bonamy hit a hard ground ball to first, which allowed JoJo Hyatt and Cammy Pereira to score and gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead. Then, Guimbarda, who homered on four occasions in the last three days, drove the ball to right field to put Clemson ahead 8-4, scoring Cagle and Bonamy.

Cagle’s fifth homer of the season put Clemson on the board first on a two-run shot to left-center field, scoring junior Grace Mattimore. In the second, the Tigers grasped a 4-1 lead after Mattimore drilled a line drive to right-center, which allowed pinch runner Carlee Shannon to score her fifth run of the season.

Up next, Clemson heads to UNCG on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday’s matchup against the Spartans is set to stream on the SoCon Digital Network. For live stats, visit bit.ly/ClemsonSBStats. 

For complete coverage of the Tiger softball team, follow @ClemsonSoftball on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.

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