COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior righthander Brody Koerner tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Clemson to a 7-0 win over No. 8 South Carolina at Carolina Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 7-3, while the Gamecocks dropped to 7-3. Clemson also snapped South Carolina’s six-game winning streak in the series at Carolina Stadium, and it was the first time since 1998 that South Carolina was shut out at home.
“I’m really excited about how we played tonight,” said Head Coach Jack Leggett. “Brody Koerner was outstanding on the mound. I don’t think I’ve seen someone come out from start to finish and dominate like he did. I thought we played really well offensively, got some timely hits and situational hits when we needed to. We played great defense and it was an all-around complete game.”
Koerner (2-1), who won the Bob Bradley Award as Clemson’s MVP of the three-game series, earned the victory in his first career appearance against the Gamecocks. South Carolina starter Josh Reagan (0-1) suffered the loss.
The Tigers scored single runs in the second and third innings, highlighted by Eli White’s two-out, run-scoring single on a 1-2 pitch in the second inning. In the seventh inning, Steven Duggar belted a double to score Reed Rohlman, then Tyler Krieger, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 12 games, scored on Chris Okey’s groundout. Duggar also scored on a wild pitch. Clemson added two insurance runs in the ninth inning.
Lefthander Jack Wynkoop won the Tom Price Award as South Carolina’s MVP of the series.
The Tigers return to the diamond Tuesday when they host Winthrop at 5 p.m. It is Tiger Cub Tuesday, as any IPTAY Tiger Cub Club member who presents their Tiger Cub ID at Doug Kingsmore Stadium receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
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