BOX SCORE: Clemson 9 Duke 6
Sophomore righthander Jonathan Meyer pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball
in relief and #16 Clemson tallied 14 hits in its 9-6 victory over Duke in front of
4,166 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0
series lead and snapped their five-game losing streak, improved to 8-7 overall and
1-3 in the ACC. The Blue Devils, whose four-game winning streak came to an end, fell
to 15-5 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.
The Tigers scored two runs in both the first and second innings to build a 4-0 lead.
But the Blue Devils responded with four runs with two outs in the top of the third
inning to tie the score. Clemson answered back with four two-out runs of its own in
the bottom of the third inning to take an 8-4 lead. Meyer kept Duke at bay with 5.0
stellar innings pitched and the Tigers held off a late Blue Devil rally to earn the
Meyer (1-0) pitched 5.0 innings in relief to earn the win. The San Diego, CA native
yielded just one hit, no runs, and one walk with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Alex Frederick retired both batters he faced to record his first save of the year.
Starter Drew Van Orden (2-3) allowed 10 hits, eight runs (seven earned), and one
walk in 2.2 innings pitched and suffered the loss. The Blue Devils received a strong
effort from lefthander Dillon Haviland, who limited Clemson to three hits, one run,
and one walk with two strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. John Hinson led off with
a single to right field and advanced to third two batters later on Jeff Schaus'
double down the left-field line. Phil Pohl followed with a single up the middle to
score Hinson and Schaus.
In the second inning, Jason Stolz led off with a bloop double down the left-field
line and advanced to third on Steve Wilkerson's groundout to second. Hinson then
belted a single up the middle to score Stolz. After the first pitch to Will Lamb,
Hinson was caught in between first and second base, but catcher Jeff Kremer's throw
to first base was errant and Hinson advanced to third base on the error. Lamb then
hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Hinson.
In the top of the third inning, Marcus Stroman reached on a one-out, infield single
and advanced to second on a throwing error by Wilkerson on the play. David Perkins
bounced a single through the right side, but Chris Epps threw out Stroman at the
plate for out #2 as Perkins advanced to second base on the throw. Christopher
Marconcini followed with a double to deep right-center off Lamb's glove to plate
Perkins. After Jordan Betts singled to center, Kremer lined a single to right-center
to score Marconcini. Anthony D'Alessandro was hit-by-pitch to load the bases, then
Will Piwnica-Worms grounded a single up the middle to score Betts and Kremer and tie
The Tigers regained the lead with four two-out runs of their own in the bottom of
the third inning. Richie Shaffer led off with a single through the left side and
went to second on Epps' groundout to second. Two batters later, Stolz laced a
two-out double to left field to score Shaffer. Wilkerson followed with a single
through the left side to plate Stolz, Hinson reached on a bunt single, and Lamb
grounded a single through the right side to score Wilkerson. Schaus kept the two-out
rally going by lining a single to left-center to score Hinson, giving the Tigers an
In the top of the eighth inning, Marconcini reached on an error by Stolz to lead off
the inning. Two batters later, Kremer reached on an infield single with one out,
then D'Alessandro loaded the bases with a walk. But Meyer struck out Piwnica-Worms
and pinch-hitter Dennis O'Grady to keep the Tigers ahead by four runs.
Clemson added to its lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Schaus lined a two-out
double to left-center and scored on Pohl's double to right-center.
In the ninth inning, Angelo LaBruna led off with a single through the right side and
Stroman ripped a 1-2 pitch to center for a single. After Perkins loaded the bases
with a single through the right side, Marconcini walked on six pitches to plate
LaBruna and bring the potential tying run to the plate. But in came Frederick to the
mound, who got Betts to ground into a 6-4-3 double play as Stroman scored and struck
out Kremer to end the game.
Hinson, who made his first career start as the leadoff batter in the order, went
3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI. Schaus went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs,
one RBI, and a walk, while Pohl went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Stolz
added two doubles and two runs for the Tigers, who totaled 14 hits and five doubles.
Kremer went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Marconcini and Piwnica-Worms added two RBIs
apiece for Duke, who totaled 11 hits in the game.
Clemson and Duke will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday at 6:30 PM.
Tigers top Duke
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