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Softball wins Clemson Classic with victory over Boston

Max Knipstein, Contributor

Clemson outfielder McKenzie Clark hits against Boston in the Clemson Classic Championship game on Feb. 26, 2022.

Clemson softball defeated the Boston Terriers, 7-3, at McWhorter Stadium on Saturday to win the Clemson Classic tournament and jump to 4 wins with no losses.

In the first inning, Clemson left-handed pitcher Millie Thompson let up one hit. In the second, she would pitch her first strikeout of the game.

At bat in the first, leadoff hitter Sam Russ delivered a single and went on to steal second.   

Right fielder Marissa Guimbarda then hit a single to far left field, allowing Russ to pass third and score the game’s first run.  

In the third inning, Clemson outfielder McKenzie Clark delivered a single, followed by a walk by designated hitter Valerie Cagle. Guimbarda then brought Clark and Cagle home with a double to right-center field. The Tigers would finish the third inning with a 6-0 lead.

Freshman Maddie Moore then hit her first career home run, which was out of the park in left field. This home run brought in Logoleo to score for the Tigers as well. Prior to this game, Moore’s batting average sat at .182.  

Boston scored its first run of the game when Thompson allowed two base hits in the fourth inning. A single by Boston infielder Kate Pryor then advanced her teammate to home plate.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Thompson began to falter in the sixth. Boston pitcher Nicole Amodio hit a home run out of the park to right field. The following batter hit a single, causing Thompson to be relieved from the circle by Brooke McCubbin.   

Thompson’s 5.2 innings pitched allotted for only seven hits and two runs to compliment her four total strikeouts.  

“She’s a pitcher who keeps people off balance,” said Clemson head coach John Rittman. “She’s got a great changeup. She’s been working on her drop ball and her rise ball, so she’s really come a long way since last year.” 

Cagle doubled for the Tigers, sending home Carlee Shannon to make the score 7-2 going into the seventh.   

With two outs and two strikes in the final inning, Boston scored again on a ground ball error by Clemson. 

McCubbin managed to close up the seventh inning and let up three hits and one run for her total time in the circle.  

Clemson will face Gardner-Webb in a single-game matchup on March 1, followed by a three-game series between the Tigers and No. 7 Virginia Tech March 4-6. 

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