For the second consecutive week the Clemson Tigers (4-2) lost game 1 of a 3 game series and then came back to win games two and three to take the series 2 games to 1.
However, a disturbing trend is developing in the early part of the season. The Tigers fell behind 4-0 in games 1 and 2 and 6-0 in game three. Last week the Tigers fell behind 2-0 in game 3 against UAB before rallying for a 7-4 victory and added to the three Maine games means the Tigers have fallen behind in 4 straight games at home.
On one hand, this is good news – the Tigers rallied to win three of those games. The bad news is that the likelihood of that trend (come from behind wins) gets smaller against South Carolina and the balance of the ACC teams on Clemson’s schedule.
In game 1 against Maine, the Tigers rallied to tie the game at 4 before Jonathan Meyer gave up two runs in the top of the 8th and the Tigers left runners on second and third in the bottom of the 9th.
Game 2 saw the Tigers score 9 runs on only 9 hits, including 5 runs on 4 hits in the 5th. Dominic Leone (2-0) got the win for Clemson, but the bullpen held Maine to 1 run in 4 innings after Leone gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in 5 innings.
Game 3 saw some less than stellar defense by Clemson as Maine scored 3 unearned runs on the way to a 6-0 lead. Clemson chipped away with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th and 2 in the bottom of the 5th, before erupting for 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th.
Kevin Pohle (2-0) picked up the win while Daniel Gossett picked up the first save of his career.