Tigers two and done after comeback bid falls short

clembasse-18Pepperdine broke an 8-8 tie with two runs in the ninth inning to defeat Clemson 10-8 in the Fullerton Regional at Goodwin Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Waves, who stayed alive in the losers’ bracket, improved to 31-28. The Tigers’ season came to an end with a 32-29 record.

In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Waves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Waves scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to build a 7-0 lead.

Clemson responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and sixth runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by two-run singles by Tyler Krieger and Chris Okey and a two-run triple by Tyler Slaton to give Clemson an 8-7 lead.

But Pepperdine tied the score with a run in the eighth inning and took the lead in the ninth inning.

Max Gamboa (6-2) earned the win, while Pat Krall (2-4) suffered the loss.

Clemson freshman and Carolina Forest product Robert Jolly went 3 for 5 with an RBI and run scored for the Tigers.

Photo courtesy CU Athletics

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