CF grad Jolly plays starting role as Tigers enter NCAAs

clembase-jollyWhat a difference the month has made for Clemson freshman and former Carolina Forest standout Robert Jolly.

This time a month ago Jolly was working hard and awaiting his chance to get playing time behind All-ACC catcher Chris Okey. Instead, his big break came when designated hitter Chase Pender was injured in the first week of May, and Jolly has made the most of the opportunity.

In only his second career start on May 8, Jolly went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, two runs scored and a walk to lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win against Georgia Southern. Through his 10 starts at DH, Jolly is 17-for-50 (.340) with three doubles, seven RBIs, and 11 runs scored.

Now Jolly finds himself playing a key role for the third-seeded Tigers as they head to NCAA Regional host Cal State Fullerton this weekend. Clemson faces second-seeded Arizona State at 6 p.m. Friday, and Jolly will be in the lineup as a true freshman. Not a bad month, indeed.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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