The Blue Devils, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 27-13 overall and 6-13 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 19-20 overall and 7-13 in ACC play.
Manno (4-0), making his first ACC appearance of the season, set a career
high for strikeouts with 12 in just 5.2 innings pitched. He allowed only
four hits, no runs, and three walks in throwing 112 pitches to earn the
win. Alex Hassan recorded his fifth save of the season, as he gave up one
run on three hits in 3.1 innings pitched.
Tiger starter Graham Stoneburner (4-2) suffered the loss, as he allowed
eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
The Blue Devils took the game's first lead in the second inning thanks to a
Tiger miscue. Jonathan Nicolla led off with a single to
right-center. Kyle Kreick followed with a single through the right side on
a 1-2 pitch to move Nicolla to second. Jake Lemmerman's sacrifice bunt
advanced the runners up a base. After Ryan McCurdy fouled out for out #2,
Kreick scored on a passed ball.
Duke put its first two batters on base again in the third inning. Leadoff
batter Matt Williams reached when he was hit by a pitch on a 2-2
count. Nate Freiman followed with a line-drive single to center. Duke
loaded the bases with no outs when Jeremy Gould was hit by another
pitch. Gabriel Saade then hit a one-hopper right at shortstop Matt
Sanders. He elected to throw to third-baseman J.D. Burgess, who dropped
the ball. If Burgess would have caught the ball, he would have retired
Freiman at third, then he could have had Williams in a rundown between
third and home, as Williams froze on the hard-hit ball. But Williams
scored on the play and Duke still had the bases loaded with no
outs. However, Stoneburner struck out Nicolla and got Kreick to ground
into a 1-2-3 double play to keep the Tigers down by only two runs.
The Tigers came right back and threatened in the top of the fourth
inning. Jeff Schaus led off with a single through the right side. Two
batters later, Kyle Parker laced a single through the left side. Wilson
Boyd's walk loaded the bases with one out. But Ben Paulsen struck out
looking and Sanders also struck out to end the inning.
In the fifth inning, Freiman smashed an opposite-field, solo home run down
the right-field line to up Duke's lead to 3-0.
Duke added to its lead in the sixth inning with five two-out runs. Tom
Luciano led off with an infield single. Two batters later, Lemmerman
reached on a fielder's choice, as Luciano was retired at second base. With
two outs, Stoneburner hit the next two Blue Devils to load the
bases. Williams unloaded the bases with a three-run double to
right-center. It was Duke's first hit with runners in scoring position in
the series. Freiman followed with another opposite-field home run, this
time scoring two runs, to increase Duke's lead to 8-0. It was his second
long ball of the game and seventh of the season.
The Tigers finally dented the scoreboard with one run in the seventh
inning. Sanders led off with a double to left-center. Two batters later,
pinch-hitter John Hinson flied out to deep center, as Sanders tagged up and
went to third. Luciano's throw back to the infield was errant, allowing
Sanders to round third and score.
The Blue Devils added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Lemmerman
led off with a single through right side. McCurdy reached on a throwing
error by Hinson, and both Lemmerman and McCurdy advanced a base on the
errant throw. Hassan followed with a single through the right side to
score Lemmerman and move McCurdy to third base. Williams then reached on a
fielder's choice, as McCurdy scored.
Freiman led Duke's 10-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with two homers, three
RBIs, a walk, and hit-by-pitch, as he reached base in all five of his plate
appearances. Williams added four RBIs as well.
Schaus had two hits for the Tigers, who totaled seven hits in the contest.
Clemson and Duke will play the series-finale on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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