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Spartans Upend No. 2 Clemson 9-5

April 10, 2024
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CLEMSON, S.C. – Koby Kropf’s grand slam in the eighth inning broke a 5-5 tie and lifted USC Upstate to a 9-5 victory over No. 2 Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night. The Spartans improved to 22-12, while the Tigers, who won the season series 2-1 and saw their six-game winning streak come to an end, dropped to 28-4.

Noah Sullivan hit a leadoff homer in the top of the second inning to put the Spartans on the scoreboard, then Nolan Nawrocki belted a solo homer, his fourth of the season, in the bottom of the second inning. Jacob Jarrell gave Clemson the lead in the third inning with a leadoff home run, his second of the year. Sullivan belted another solo homer in the fourth inning to tie the score 2-2.

In the sixth inning, Tyler Lang hit an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left field for a three-run homer with two outs to give USC Upstate a 5-2 lead. Cam Cannarella belted a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, in the seventh inning, then Jimmy Obertop followed with a solo homer, his eighth of the year, to tie the score 5-5.

The Spartans regained the lead in the eighth inning after they loaded the bases with no outs. Kropf belted a grand slam over the fence in left-center to put USC Upstate ahead 9-5. Every run in the contest scored on the eight home runs hit in the game, four by each team.

Jake Cubbler (2-1) earned the win, while Justin LeGuernic (0-1) suffered the loss.

The Tigers host NC State in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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