Tigers Outlast Tar Heels on Friday


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CLEMSON, S.C. – Matthew CrownoverMatthew Crownover
Jr. LH Pitcher
#44 6-0, 210
Ringgold, GA

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allowed two unearned runs with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 5-2 victory over North Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 15-14 overall and 6-7 in the ACC. The Tar Heels fell to 17-12 overall and 6-7 in ACC play.

Crownover (5-1) earned the win by allowing seven hits, no earned runs and two walks with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Taylor VetzelTaylor Vetzel
RS So. RH Pitcher
#41 6-0, 155
Simpsonville, SC

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pitched the final 2.0 innings to record his first save as a Tiger. Tar Heel starter Zac Gallen (1-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up eight hits, five runs (three earned) and two walks with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched.

The Tigers jumped on North Carolina with two first-inning runs on back-to-back, run-scoring doubles by Reed RohlmanReed Rohlman
RS Fr. Outfielder
#26 6-0, 210
Moore, SC

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and Chris OkeyChris Okey
So. Catcher
#25 5-11, 195
Mount Dora, FL

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. The Tigers took a 5-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a Tar Heel error and a two-run double by Chase PinderChase Pinder
Fr. Infielder
#5 5-10, 175
Poquoson, VA

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Chase Pinder
Infielder
# 6-0, 165
Poquoson, VA

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. North Carolina rallied with two unearned runs after a costly Tiger error in the seventh inning, but the Tar Heels could get no closer.

The series continues Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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