Tigers sweep doubleheader Saturday

Clemson baseball takes the first two games of the three game series against Duke.

Matthew Crownover allowed just one earned run in 7.0 innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 6-2 victory over Duke in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 21-18 overall and 10-9 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 22-16 overall and 5-14 in ACC play.

Crownover (7-1) registered the win by giving up just five hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks with seven strikeouts. Duke starter Dillon Haviland (1-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded eight hits, six runs (four earned) and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.

After Duke scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning, Tyler Krieger belted a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to give Clemson a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Chris Okey hit a run-scoring single off the wall in left-center, Chase Pinder ripped a two-run double and Eli White drew a bases-loaded walk in the four-run frame. Reed Rohlman also reached on a bunt single in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Also, Zack Erwin allowed just one run on five hits in 8.2 innings pitched in Clemson’s 8-1 victory over Duke in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who swept the doubleheader and took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 22-18 overall and 11-9 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 22-17 overall and 5-15 in ACC play.

Erwin (3-3) earned the win by allowing just five hits, one run and two walks with nine strikeouts. Duke starter Andrew Istler (3-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings pitched.

After Duke scored a run in the top of the first inning, Clemson answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Then the Tigers erupted for five runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, three-run double by Steven Duggar followed by a run-scoring double by Tyler Krieger. Reed Rohlman (13) and Chris Okey (10) upped their hitting streaks as well.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can purchase two reserved adult and two reserved youth tickets for only $20. It is also Sunday Funday, with family-friendly activities during the game and throughout Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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