The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 17-14 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 13-19 overall and 5-9 in ACC play.
For the second game in a row, the Tigers did not trail at any point. The Tigers
held a 3-2 lead until they scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the top of
the seventh to take a 6-2 lead. Duke clawed back with three runs in the bottom of
the seventh to cut Clemson's lead to one run. However, the Tigers added five runs
in the ninth inning, keyed by Brittle's three-run double, and won their fifth game
in a row over the Blue Devils.
Starter Dominic Leone (5-2) earned the victory by striking out nine in 6.1 innings
pitched. He gave up nine hits, four runs, and two walks, but worked out of several
jams. Patrick Andrews recorded his second save of the year by pitching the final
2.2 innings. He surrendered three hits and one run with one strikeout.
Trent Swart (3-4), the first of four Duke pitchers, suffered the loss. He allowed
10 hits, four runs, and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.
Like game-one on Friday, the Tigers took the game's first lead in the first inning.
Brittle grounded a one-out single up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Richie Shaffer then grounded another single up the middle to score Brittle.
In the second inning, Mike Rosenfeld led off with a bunt single and scored on Will
Piwnica-Worms' double to left-center to tie the score. Two batters later, Mark
Lumpa laced a single through the right side to advance Piwnica-Worms to third, but
Leone struck out the next two Blue Devils to end the inning.
Clemson responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. Brittle led off
with a bunt single and advanced to third on Shaffer's line-drive double off the top
of the wall in left field. Phil Pohl's sacrifice fly to left-center scored Brittle,
then Jon McGibbon flared a single to left field to plate Shaffer.
In the bottom of the third inning, Andy Perez lined a one-out single to left-center
and moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later with two outs, Rosenfeld
grounded an 0-2 pitch through the right side for a single to score Perez.
After the Tigers left runners on second and third without scoring in the fifth, they
added to their lead in the sixth inning. Garrett Boulware led off with a double
over the third-base bag. Two batters later with one out, Steve Wilkerson reached on
an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Brittle then ripped a
triple to right-center to score Boulware and Wilkerson, giving the Tigers a 5-2
Jay Baum reached as the leadoff batter of the top of the seventh inning on an error
by shortstop Angelo La Bruna and advanced to second on Spencer Kieboom's single to
right field. Boulware's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, then Jason
Stolz walked to load the bases. Wilkerson grounded out to first to score Baum.
Jeff Kremer led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single through the left
side on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later with one out, Andrew Istler reached on an
infield single. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Rosenfeld
grounded a single through the right side to score Kremer. Piwnica-Worms was
hit-by-pitch to load the bases, then Jordan Betts plated Istler with a sacrifice fly
to deep right field. Lumpa followed with a two-out single through the left side to
score Rosenfeld, cutting Clemson's lead to 6-5.
But the Tigers added five insurance runs in the ninth inning on only two hits to put
the game out of reach. Baum led off with a walk and advanced to second on Kieboom's
sacrifice bunt. Tyler Slaton, who entered the game in the eighth inning, fisted an
0-2 pitch down the right-field line for a single to score Baum. Stolz followed
with a potential double-play grounder to first, but Perez's throw to second was
errant and Slaton moved to third. Wilkerson loaded the bases with a walk, then
Brittle laced a three-run double down the right-field line. Brittle, who advanced
to third on the throw after his double, scored on Shaffer's sacrifice fly to right
Brittle, in his first active season as a Tiger, established season highs for hits
(4), RBIs (5), and runs (3) to lead Clemson's 15-hit attack. Shaffer went 3-for-4
with a double, two RBIs, and a walk, while Boulware went 2-for-3 with a run. Pohl
added an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 10 games as well.
Rosenfeld and Lumpa had three hits apiece to pace Duke, who amassed 12 hits in the
contest. Rosenfeld added two RBIs and two runs.
Clemson and Duke will play game-three of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Tigers topple Duke, 11-5
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