It was Kip Bouknight to the rescue once again for Carolina. This time, it was in a heroic relief effort in a 9-3 victory over the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers at Sarge Frye Field. USC’s all-time victories leader (45) entered in relief of starter Gary Bell in the seventh inning in a precarious situation.
Sixteenth-ranked Carolina led by three, but the bases were loaded with two outs, and a there was a 2-2 count on the batter. After Bouknight missed with ball three, he came back with a sweeping curve ball to strike out Clemson’s Jarrod Schmidt, stranding the three base runners. Bouknight wasn’t done either, as he pitched a perfect 2 1/3 innings, striking out four to pick up his second career save.
The Gamecocks took the lead for good in this contest in the fourth on a pinch-hit two-run double by Matt Riddle. Coach Ray Tanner played a hunch in pinch-hitting Riddle for Sheldon Brown, and it paid off in a big way. Landon Powell, ironically pinch-hitting for Riddle, put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.