Clemson trails Liberty 8-2 heading to bottom of the ninth

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COLUMBIA – Liberty leads Clemson 8-2 in the first game of the Columbia regional

Liberty used a leadoff double and a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Tigers answered in the bottom of the frame after Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
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Cross, SC

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reached on an error and moved to third on a single by Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
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. Freshman Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
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then laced the first pitch he saw into right field to knot the score at 1-1.

The Flames took advantage of shaky Clemson defense in the third, using a leadoff single, an error on the ensuing bunt and a double in the gap to plate two more runs for a 3-1 lead. Brittle led off the bottom of the third with a single, and Duggar made the Flames pay again with an RBI single to center that made it 3-2 after three innings.

The Flames got a line drive homer to left in the fourth to make it 4-2. Clemson has used four pitchers on the afternoon, but did escape a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth. As of the bottom of the fifth, Liberty had retired eight straight Clemson batters.

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