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Clemson Softball Shutdown by Eagle’s Dunning

Millie Thompson was the starter Friday night for Clemson Softball.  The ladies came out  In all orange, wanting to clinch the series.  

Boston College seemed to live off of weakly hit balls on Friday.  Boston College’s Giery managed to  leg out a ground ball for her fourth hit of the series in the first, but it caused no damage Clemson in the inning.  Giery legged out another single in the fourth, and then moved into scoring position with one out.  Gator Robinson followed with an RBI single and then moved to second on the throw to the plate.  Thompson then hits the next batter.  Putting runners on the corners.  Stephens then reached on an error by the 3rd baseman that scored Robinson making it 2-0.  Thompson would get the strikeout to end the inning.  Slike finally hit one hard in the seventh driving in two and making the score 4-0.

Boston College pitcher Abby Dunning would take the mound again Friday night after having a terrible outing on Thursday.  She would again load the bases, in the first inning, but this time she would escape all damage after 35 pitches. Turns out she was back to her old self.Dunning came into a game with an ERA near 1 and the Tigers saw that version of the right-hander on Friday.

Millie Thompson threw 32 pitches in her first three innings.  She pitched well, but had problems when seeing eye singles led to runs.  Thompson started the fifth by allowing the first two runners to reach the base.  She was replaced by Cagle and the first batter lined one to left and after being waved around third was thrown out at the plate.  Cagle then struck out the final batter to end the inning.    

Clemson could not get the offense going tonight.  The Clemson bats were no hit in the first four innings.  In the fifth Clemson Softball finally had a chance to score, Oda and Brown both started the inning off with singles to put two on and no outs, but neither Clark, Cagle, or Knowler could bring the runners home.  Clemson was set down in order in the sixth.  Still down 2-0 going to the seventh.

In the top half of the seventh the Boston College offense would strike again.  A walk by Hilt and a single for case put two on before Silke drove them both in with Boston College’s hardest hit ball of the night. 

In the bottom half Clemson theathened to put runs across the plate.  There were two on when Valerie Cagle came to the plate with two outs, but Cagle grounded out to third to end the game. It was the first time Clemson had been shut out at home in 26 attempts against FSU on April 6th, 2023.      

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