Tigers Sweep Duke

CLEMSON – Sometimes things in life and sports are unexplainable. And such is the case with the Clemson baseball team. For whatever reason, the Tigers always seem to struggle during the weekdays, but thus far they have always bounced back to take care of business over the weekend. <br>

After getting swept by Georgia earlier in the week, Clemson responded by taking all three games against Duke, the last of which was 16-6 victory, which was fueled by 12-run eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

"I don't know what makes us do that," said Tigers left fielder Tyler Colvin, who was one of five Clemson player to have at least two RBIs Sunday. "Every time we play a weekend series, especially in the ACC, we come to play. We know if we do well in the ACC, we've got a chance to host regionals and play in regionals.

"Of course we want to win the weekday games, but they're not quite the same (importance)."

In this weekend series against, the Tigers (18-13, 9-3 ACC) displayed the stick-to-itiveness that has helped them be just two and a half games out of first place. The Blue Devils fall to 9-26 overall and 1-14 in the ACC.

Clemson trailed in all three games, but it responded in a big way in each of the wins. In the final game, those 12 runs and 11 hits in the eighth inning was evident of that.

The Tigers trailed 6-4 heading into the bottom of the inning, but the first three batters got on base to load them up for Mr. Everything Kris Harvey, who promptly cracked a single up the middle field to tie the game.

Travis Storrer came up next and put Clemson up for good after he smoked a doubled to right-center field for the 7-6 lead. After an out, the next seven hitters reached base, three of which came via a walk and the Tigers had secured the win.

When it was over, 17 hitters came to the plate and Clemson held a 16-6 advantage.

"The last couple of games have been like that and I don't know why, but just kind of exploding in one inning" said Harvey, who finished the day 3-for-5 with five runs scored, three RBIs and his eighth homer of the season. "Hopefully we can start doing that a little earlier in the game. You don't like to wait that late."

Earlier, Tigers shortstop Stan Widmann hit a solo home run, the first of his career, in the seventh to tie it at 4-4.

It was just another example of how Clemson is able to get the most out of its players in a weekend series.

Tigers coach Jack Leggett said it's just a matter of time before weekday games start falling into place as well.

"We're playing good competition during the week and there's no breathers. There's no chance for error," he said. "It just tells us that we're fairly resilient because we've got a lot of young players out there and we've had some hard knocks and we've lost some tough games.

"We've lost seven one-run ballgames and those aren't easy things. It gets in your heart and it's very tough to recover from that. Our kids are pretty tough. They're young and they're growing up and we've just got to be patient with them. That's the bottom line."

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