Harvey, a junior, allowed just one hit in seven innings pitched, while also hitting two solo home runs at the plate. He believes it's his best all-around game since coming to Clemson and his coach Jack Leggett agrees.
But what Harvey (3-1) liked best about his performance against the Tar Heels was the way he battled against North Carolina (15-4, 2-1 ACC) on the mound.
"(My pitching) was alright," he said. "It gives me a little more confidence knowing that I can get through a lineup two or three times without my best stuff."
After getting just three hits Friday night, the Tigers exploded with 10 Saturday, with four of them being for extra bases.
|"It gives me a little more confidence knowing that I can get through a lineup two or three times without my best stuff," said Harvey.|
"I thought we finally executed," Harbin said. "We did all the little things, which is something we lacked last night."
Three innings later, freshman Taylor Harbin, who was moved to the third spot in the lineup, cranked a solo home run of his own for a 3-0 lead. It was his second of the season.
Then came the sixth inning, when the Tigers scored five runs, all of them unearned, to leave no doubts about the outcome. Clemson scored its runs on two walks, two hits, two errors and two wild pitches.
Harvey hit his second homer of the game and fifth of the season in the seventh to end the scoring for the Tigers.
The Tigers now have a chance to take the best-of-three series by getting a win Sunday, which would go a long way toward righting the ship, that was taken off course after losing six of their previous eight.
Adam Kalkhof (2-0, 2.55 ERA) toes the rubber Sunday afternoon for the Tar Heels, while Robert Rohrbaugh (0-1, 6.00 ERA) goes for Clemson.