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Clemson defeats William and Mary 7-6 in game two

Spencer Strider made his career debut for the Tigers in relief of starting pitcher Brooks Crawford. Strider pitched three solid innings en route to a 7-6 win against William and Mary.
Much like in game one, Clemson found itself down early after a Hunter Smith solo homer in the second inning. The Tribe added to the lead in the third with a two-out double from Ryan Hall and then an RBI single from Brandon Raquet.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the third with a an RBI single from Patrick Cromwell and a Seth Beer homerun that tied the game at 2-2
The rally continued in the fourth. Kyle Wilkie got on base after an error on third baseman Patrick Ryan. That led to an RBI double from Cromwell that gave Clemson a 3-2 lead.
Strider came in in the fifth and gave up a couple quick hits that led to William and Mary tying it back up at 3-3. He recovered and shut down the Tribe offense for the next two innings.
Clemson used the sixth and seventh innings to build a 7-3 lead. Cromwell had another RBI in the seventh with a bases loaded walk.
Things came unhinged for Strider in the eighth after he hit two batters and walked another to load the bases. That, coupled with a wild pitch that scored a run, took him out of the game in favor of Mat Clark.
Strider pitched three innings, giving up two hits and four runs. He struck out seven while walking one.
Clark gave up a single to Smith that resulted in two runs scoring and making the game 7-6 in favor of the Tigers. After striking out the next batter, Clark was pulled and Carson Spiers took the mound.
Spiers finished out the game and got his first career save while Strider got his first career win.
With the win, Clemson clinches the series win. The Tigers will go for the sweep at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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