CLEMSON –Jimmy Marcelli’s two-run homer in the seventh inning and Johnny Cook’s quality relief pitching gave Presbyterian an 8-7 upset of Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was the Blue Hose’ second victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference school, coming on the heels of a 9-7, 12-inning victory at Pittsburgh on April 27.
Presbyterian (23-25) got on the board quickly with an RBI single from Ashby Smith in the opening half inning and added a run from Marcelli on an RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead after the opening half inning.
Clemson (28-20) tied the game at two with a two-run Brice Teodosio home run in the second inning.
The Blue Hose regained the lead in the third with a two-run single off the bat of Johnny Cook to make it 4-2 thru 2-1/2 innings.
Clemsonproduced home runs by Teodosio, Grayson Byrd, Jordan Greene and Justin Hawkins. The Tigers regained the lead in the fourth with a pair of solo home runs and a sacrifice fly to take a 6-4 lead.
Matt Burke picked up an RBI double in the sixth to cut the Tigers’ lead to one, 6-5, thru 5-1/2 innings.
In the seventh, the Blue Hose evened the game at six on a Clemson passed ball before a two-run home run from Marcelli gave the Blue Hose an 8-6 lead.
Clemson picked up a run in its half of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-7.
Johnny Cook came in and shut the door recording the final five outs for his second save.
Clark Dearman(3-3) was the winning pitcher, allowing just an earned run in 4-1/3 innings in relief of starter Austin Paradis. The second of five Clemson hurlers, Luke Sommerfield (0-2), took the loss.
The Blue Hose head to Georgia State on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. first pitch at the GSU Baseball Complex.