Tigers Sweep Doubleheader from Blue Devils


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A six-run first inning and a season-high 21 hits contributed to #7 Clemson's 14-0 win at Duke in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 270 fans at Jack Coombs Field on Monday afternoon. The Tigers took a 2-0 series lead and improved to 35-13 overall, 17-6 in the ACC. Duke dropped to 14-35 overall, 6-20 in ACC play. Clemson defeated Duke 7-4 in the first game of the doubleheader on Monday.


Twelve different Tigers had at least one hit and Clemson had at least one hit in every inning in the game. Adrian Casanova was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Tyler Colvin was 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, and Taylor Harbin was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Marquez Smith added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs as well.


Starter Stephen Faris (6-2) was on a pitch count and earned the win despite pitching just 3.0 innings. He allowed no hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts. Stephen Clyne pitched the next 3.0 innings, allowing one hit with four strikeouts, then Steve Richard, Matt Vaughn, and Drew Fiorenza each pitched a scoreless inning. The five pitchers combined to allow just three hits, no runs, and no walks with 10 strikeouts. Duke did not advance a runner past first base in the game as well. Duke starter Jim Perry (0-5) suffered the loss, as he allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in 4.0 innings pitched.


Herman Demmink led off the game with a double to left-center and went to third on Brad Chalk's sacrifice bunt. It was his 16th sacrifice bunt of the season, breaking the Clemson single-season record of 15 that he set as a freshman in 2005. Travis Storrer followed with an opposite-field double to the wall in left field to plate Demmink. Colvin then crushed a two-run homer off the batter's eye in centerfield, his eighth of the season. Harbin followed with a walk and Smith blooped a single to left-center. Andy D'Alessio brought home Harbin with a single to left-center and Stan Widmann walked to load the bases. Casanova then lined a single through the left side to score Smith and Demmink hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate D'Alessio. The Tigers were a combined 6-for-6 with six RBIs in the first inning.


In the third inning, Widmann drew a one-out walk and went to second on Casanova's line-drive single to left field. After Widmann moved to third on Demmink's fly ball to right field, Chalk laced a single to right field to plate Widmann.


In the fourth inning, Colvin and Harbin led off with singles. Three batters later, Widmann lined a two-run double down the left-field line and came home on Casanova's double over the third-base bag, giving the Tigers a 10-0 lead. Widmann's hit meant every Tiger starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning.


Clemson added to its lead with three runs in the seventh inning. Demmink led off with a single through the left side and D.J. Mitchell singled to right-center. Alex Burg followed with a single up the middle to score Demmink. Two batters later, Harbin loaded the bases with a walk and Smith grounded a two-run double down the left-field line to score Mitchell and Burg.


In the ninth inning, Harbin hit a one-out double over the third-base bag and went to third on a wild pitch, and Smith walked. Hall reached on an error, as Harbin scored on the play.


The game marked Clemson's largest margin of victory in a shutout in an ACC regular-season road game in history.


Clemson and Duke will play the series finale on Tuesday at 1:00 PM.


Game 1


Durham, NC - Eleven hits, including nine for extra bases, and big games from Marquez Smith and Andy D'Alessio propelled #7 Clemson to a 7-4 victory over Duke in the first game of a doubleheader at Jack Coombs Field on Monday afternoon. Smith went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles, while D'Alessio hit two solo home runs. The Tigers improved to 34-13 overall, 16-6 in the ACC. Duke fell to 14-34 overall, 6-19 in ACC play.



P.J. Zocchi (4-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, while Daniel Moskos pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his eighth save of the season. Starter Josh Cribb pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, four runs (two earned), and two walks with 10 strikeouts. His 10 strikeouts tied a career high. Blue Devil reliever Andrew Wolcott (1-3) suffered the loss, as he allowed three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings pitched.



In the first inning, leadoff batter Jimmy Gallagher laced the first pitch to left-center for a double. Brett Bartles followed with a single up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to move Gallagher to third. A groundout to the pitcher by Nate Freiman advanced Bartles to second. Cribb struck out Javier Socorro for out #2. Jonathan Nicolla then hit a slow roller to shortstop Stan Widmann. The ball rolled under his glove for an error, allowing both runners to score.



Tyler Colvin led off the second inning with a triple down the right-field line and scored on Taylor Harbin's sacrifice fly to deep centerfield. Two batters later, D'Alessio crushed a solo home run over the scoreboard in right field, his 14th of the season.



In the fourth inning, Socorro hit a one-out, bloop single to right-center. After Nicolla fouled out for out #2, Adam Murray drew a walk on a full-count pitch that just missed the strikezone. Matt Williams then drove both baserunners home on a double to centerfield.



Widmann led off the fifth inning with a double past Murray at third base. After the next two Tigers were retired, Brad Chalk grounded a triple over the first-base bag to score Widmann and cut the Blue Devil lead to 4-3.



In the sixth inning, Smith hit a one-out double down the left-field line, his second two-bagger of the game. After D'Alessio walked and Widmann flew out for out #2, Casanova blooped a single to left field to score Smith and tie the score 4-4.



In the seventh inning, Duke loaded the bases with two outs and in came Zocchi to face Freiman. After falling behind 3-1, Zocchi came back to strike out Freiman swinging on a fastball to end the threat and keep the score tied.



The Tigers came right back and took the lead in the eighth inning when Smith belted a solo homer to left field, his ninth of the season. D'Alessio made it back-to-back homers when he lined a home run down the right-field line, his second long ball of the game and 15th of the season. It was also D'Alessio's third two-homer game of the season and fifth of his career.



In the ninth inning, Herman Demmink led off with a double to right field and advanced to third on Chalk's sacrifice bunt. It was the sophomore's 15th sacrifice bunt of the season, tying the Clemson single-season record that he set as a freshman in 2005. Colvin flew out to shallow left field for out #2. The Tigers then opted to get into a designed rundown, as pinch-runner D.J. Mitchell got into a "pickle" long enough to allow Demmink to score.



In the bottom of the ninth inning, Williams battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk and Moskos then hit Tim Sherlock to bring the tying run to the plate. Pinch-hitter Ron Causey struck out and Gallagher grounded out for out #2, as the two runners moved up a base. Bartles then grounded out to first base to end the game.



Clemson's 6-9 hitters combined to go 8-for-15. Gallagher had two of Duke's five hits in the game.



Clemson and Duke will play game two of the series and doubleheader at approximately 4:00 PM


Clemson 7 (34-13,16-6 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink dh........  5  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   2
Brad Chalk cf............  4  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Travis Storrer rf........  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   1
 D.J. Mitchell pr/rf.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  5  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   2
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  3  0  0  1   0  1  4  3   0
Marquez Smith 3b.........  4  2  3  1   0  1  0  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  2  2  2   1  0  8  1   1
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  1  1  0   0  0  1  3   0
Adrian Casanova c........  4  0  2  1   0  0 13  2   0
Josh Cribb p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Ryan Hinson p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 P.J. Zocchi p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Daniel Moskos p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  7 11  6   2  4 27 10   6

Duke 4 (14-34,6-19 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jimmy Gallagher cf.......  5  1  2  0   0  0  3  0   0
Brett Bartles ss.........  3  1  1  0   2  1  2  1   2
Nate Freiman dh..........  4  0  0  0   0  3  0  0   4
Javier Socorro 2b........  3  1  1  0   1  2  2  3   0
Jonathan Nicolla 1b......  4  0  0  0   0  0 10  2   0
Adam Murray 3b...........  3  1  0  0   1  1  0  2   0
Matt Williams c..........  2  0  1  2   1  1  4  1   0
Tim Sherlock rf..........  2  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
Daniel Palmer lf.........  3  0  0  0   0  3  2  0   0
 Ron Causey ph...........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Jonathan Anderson p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
 Andrew Wolcott p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Tony Bajoczky p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
Totals................... 30  4  5  2   5 13 27 13   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 020 011 021 -  7 11  1
Duke................ 200 200 000 -  4  5  0
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E - WIDMANN(17). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Clemson 6; Duke 7. 2B - DEMMINK(10);
M. SMITH 2(11); WIDMANN(6); GALLAGHER(14); WILLIAMS(5). 3B - CHALK(3);
COLVIN(4). HR - M. SMITH(9); D'ALESSIO 2(15). HBP - STORRER; WILLIAMS;
SHERLOCK 2. SH - CHALK(15). SF - HARBIN(3). CS - MITCHELL(2); NICOLLA(2);
WILLIAMS(2).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Josh Cribb..........  6.2  4  4  2  2 10 23 27
Ryan Hinson.........  0.0  1  0  0  1  0  1  2
P.J. Zocchi.........  1.1  0  0  0  1  2  3  4
Daniel Moskos.......  1.0  0  0  0  1  1  3  5

Duke                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jonathan Anderson...  5.0  6  3  3  0  2 20 22
Andrew Wolcott......  2.1  4  3  3  1  2 11 12
Tony Bajoczky.......  1.2  1  1  1  1  0  4  6

Win - ZOCCHI (4-0).  Loss - WOLCOTT (1-3).  Save - MOSKOS (8).
HBP - by CRIBB (WILLIAMS); by ANDERSON (STORRER); 
by CRIBB (SHERLOCK); by MOSKOS (SHERLOCK).
Umpires - HP: Tony Maners  1B: Mickey Fuqua  3B: Richie Tallent
Start: 12:58   Time: 2:29   Attendance:
HINSON faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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