There are days like Saturday where you fall behind early, but are able to mount a comeback and make the game competitive.
Then there are days like Sunday where the Hoos fall behind early and it just keeps getting worse.
Sunday was not a pretty day.
Adam Haseley entered the day with a 3-0 record, but after surrendering 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, he exits at 3-1.
Clemson did not struggle against anyone else on the mount either.
Alec Bettinger came on in relief in the 5th and gave up a run to make it 5-0. He would repeat the action in the 6th to run the deficit to 6. To Bettinger’s credit though, the run in the 6th was unearned after Riley Wilson came on in relief and allowed that run to score via a passed ball.
Wilson would not fair much better allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits and a walk in just an inning
The roughest outing award goes to Jack Roberts though. Roberts relieved Wilson in the 7th and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk, without recording an out.
Freshman Bobby Nicholson had a competitive outing holding Clemson to just a run over 1.2 innings, although neither he nor Coach Kuhn will be satisfied with issuing a 2 out walk in the 8th.
As for the offense, there wasn’t much. The Hoos did have 7 hits with Ernie Clement recording two of those, but the only extra base hit on the day came from junior Charlie Cody’s solo home run in the 5th.
At 2-4 in the ACC after two tough road trips to open conference play, the season is far from over. Out of conference, the offense has averaged more than 10 runs a game, but in ACC play the bats have only supplied more than 2 runs twice, and both were turned in during losses. Yes, the pitching has struggled, but the offense has to turn in better outings as well to give the pitching some wiggle room.
Two mid-week games against Towson leads to the ACC home opener against Duke in Charlottesville next Friday.