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Clemson Wins First-Ever Exhibition Contest

(Photo Courtesy of Clemson Athletics)

Wednesday evening was full of firsts for the Clemson Tigers. It was the first time in school history that a softball team took the field, first pitch, first out, first strikeout, first hit, first run and first win.

The Tigers defeated Erskine College, a Division II program, 5-0 at Southern Wesleyan University's Varsity Field.

“We’ve only been together since August, but we’ve come together as a team really nicely,” Clemson head coach John Rittman told Clemson media after the game. “I like our attitude, I like our work ethic, and I really love our competitiveness. If we continue to grow, there’s going to be a lot of good things for this program.”

Freshman Emma Whitfield got the start in the circle for Clemson and got out of an early first-inning, bases-loaded jam with her first strikeout. Whitfield finished with five strikeouts in five innings.

Hannah Goodwin and Ansley Gilstrap each had two runs batted in. Cammy Pereira had one.

Clemson's next scrimmage is on Saturday at North Greenville University.


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