Tigers topple No. 3 Louisville

Behind three runs in the first inning, two runs in the third inning, four runs in the seventh inning and another strong outing from Matthew Crownover, Clemson defeated No. 3 Louisville 9-1 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 24-21 overall and 13-11 in the ACC. The Cardinals fell to 35-11 overall and 19-3 in ACC play. It was the first-ever meeting as ACC foes and the first meeting since 1972.

Run-scoring singles by Reed Rohlman, Chase Pinder and Weston Wilson in the first inning gave Clemson a 3-0 lead, then Rohlman and Wilson, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hit run-scoring singles in the third inning. Brendan McKay lined a two-out single in the sixth inning to score Sutton Whiting, but Clemson responded with four runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Steven Duggar’s run-scoring double.

Crownover (8-1) earned the win by allowing just five hits, one run and three walks with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Louisville starter Kyle Funkhouser (6-3) suffered the loss, as he allowed seven hits, five runs and no walks with two strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.

The series continues Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Fans can purchase two reserved adult and two reserved youth tickets for only $20. Youth 12 and under receive free admission by showing their report card. It is also Sunday Funday, with family-friendly activities during the game and throughout Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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