Baseball Sweeps Away the Blue Devils in Durham


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Durham, NC - Tiger pitchers worked out of numerous jams and Steve Reba won his 29th career game as #1 Clemson escaped with a 2-1 win over Duke (19-22, 1-11 ACC) Sunday at Jack Coombs Field to sweep the series. Reba tied Kris Benson in the Clemson recordbooks for fourth place in wins and improved to 9-1 on the season. He also improved to 13-0 in his last 15 starts.


Freshman Tyler Lumsden pitched 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up his second save. Tiger relief pitchers were outstanding all weekend, allowing no runs and only three hits in 9.1 innings. Duke was 1-for-13 with men in scoring position on Sunday and 2-for-32 in the three game series. Starting lefty Tim Layden (4-6) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs in 6.0 innings pitched.


Clemson (34-5, 10-2 ACC) did not get on the board in the first inning, but Khalil Greene broke the Clemson record for career hits with his 338th on an infield single to shortstop. Shane Monahan (1993-95) previously held the record. Greene finished the day 3-for-4, as did Jeff Baker to lead the Tiger 10-hit attack.


The Blue Devils finally broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Layden led off the frame with a double to center, advanced to third on Bryan Smith's groundout, and scored on Troy Caradonna's swinging bunt single. Catcher Collin Mahoney tried to pick up the ball and tag the runner coming home, but was unsuccessful picking up the ball.


Clemson took the lead right back in the sixth inning. Four consecutive singles by Kyle Frank, Greene, Baker, and Michael Johnson brought home one run, and Jeff Hourigan grounded into a double play, but Greene scored on the play to give Clemson a 2-1 lead.


In the bottom of the sixth, Duke loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Drew Jerdan and back-to-back walks by Layden and Smith. But Reba came through, striking out Caradonna and getting Grant Stanley to hit into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play.


Duke threatened once again in the seventh inning. After a leadoff walk followed by a single to right field, Kevin Kelly advanced the runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Lumsden got Larry Broadway to pop up to shortstop and Mike Miello to ground out to end the inning.


Clemson's next action comes Tuesday when it faces Furman at Doug Kingsmore Stadium at 7:15 PM, while Duke plays host to East Carolina Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Clemson 2 (34-5,10-2)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Valiente, Roberto rf.....  5  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Frank, Kyle lf/cf........  4  1  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
Greene, Khalil ss........  4  1  3  0   0  0  1  1   2
Baker, Jeff 3b...........  4  0  3  0   0  1  0  2   2
Johnson, Michael 1b......  4  0  1  1   0  1 10  0   2
Hourigan, Jeff dh........  3  0  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
Slevin, David 2b.........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   2
Coder, Chad cf...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
 DeMaino, L.J. ph/lf.....  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Mahoney, Collin c........  2  0  0  0   0  1  9  2   0
 Pyzik, Steve ph/c.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Reba, Steve p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Hahn, Jeff p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Lumsden, Tyler p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 35  2 10  1   2  7 27  9   8

Duke 1 (19-22,1-11)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Patrick, Brian rf/p......  5  0  2  0   0  2  2  0   0
Kelly, Kevin ss..........  3  0  0  0   1  3  2  5   0
Broadway, Larry 1b.......  5  0  1  0   0  1  8  0   2
Jerdan, Drew lf..........  3  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   3
 Landrum, Senterrio pr...  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Miello, Mike lf.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2
Layden, Tim p/dh.........  3  1  1  0   1  0  1  1   0
 Walker, Blake rf........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Smith, Bryan 2b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  3  3   0
Caradonna, Troy c........  4  0  1  1   0  2  7  0   0
Stanley, Grant 3b........  4  0  1  0   0  0  0  2   3
Bechtold, Doug cf........  1  0  0  0   2  0  3  0   1
 Kempster, Aaron ph......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 DeMarco, Paul p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Dilucchio, Justin p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 32  1  7  1   5 10 27 11  11

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 000 002 000 -  2 10  1
Duke................ 000 100 000 -  1  7  1
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E - JOHNSON(5); KELLY(20). DP - Clemson 1; Duke 3. 
LOB - Clemson 8; Duke 11. 2B - GREENE(16); LAYDEN(8). 
SH - KELLY(5); KEMPSTER(2). SB - LANDRUM(2).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Reba, Steve.........  6.0  5  1  1  3  9 23 26   -
Hahn, Jeff..........  0.1  1  0  0  1  0  1  3   -
Lumsden, Tyler......  2.2  1  0  0  1  1  8 10   -

Duke                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Layden, Tim.........  6.0  8  2  2  1  5 25 26   -
DeMarco, Paul.......  2.0  2  0  0  1  1  8  9   -
Dilucchio, Justin...  0.1  0  0  0  0  1  1  1   -
Patrick, Brian......  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   -

Win - REBA (9-1).  Loss - LAYDEN (4-6).  
Save - LUMSDEN (2). BK - DeMARCO(1). PB - MAHONEY(4).
Umpires - Home:Randy Dulin  1st:Al Davis  3rd:Mickey Fuqua
Start: 1:35   Time: 2:27   Attendance: 650
Game: CU042102
LAYDEN faced 1 batter in the 7th.
DeMARCO faced 1 batter in the 9th.




Game 2 on Saturday


Durham, NC - The top-ranked Clemson Tigers used two two-out home runs to defeat the Duke Blue Devils, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.


Both starting pitchers, Duke's Jeff Alleva and Clemson's B.J. LaMura pitched in and out of trouble in the early innings. The Blue Devils had two runners on and just one out but LaMura got an inning-ending double play. In the second, Duke had runners on first and third with one out after Troy Caradonna extended his hitting streak to nine games, but LaMura recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.


Alleva also escaped early Clemson scoring threats. The Tigers had runners on first and third with only one out, but Alleva ended the inning with a strikeout and a pop up to shortstop. Clemson loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the second, but Steve Pyzik hit into a pitcher-to-catcher-to first double play and after a walk, Alleva got Kyle Frank to pop up to end the inning.


Clemson broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run home run by Jeff Baker in the fifth inning.


The Blue Devils got one back in the sixth. Bryan Smith singled with one out and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Caradonna sent Smith home on a ground ball to third and reached on a fielding error by the third baseman. Grant Stanley singled, but Duke once again stranded two runners when Thomas Boozer got the final two outs in relief of LaMura.


Clemson took a 4-1 lead on its second two-out, two run homer of the game. Jeff Hourigan sent a 2-2 pitch by Zach Schreiber over the left field wall.


Alleva (5-5) took the loss for the Blue Devils, allowing two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four in five innings. LaMura (4-1) scattered eight hits and three walks in 5.1 innings for the win. He struck out five batters. Boozer pitched the final 3.2 innings for his second save of the season.


Duke (19-21, 1-10 ACC) and Clemson (33-5, 9-2 ACC) conclude their three-game series Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Clemson 4 (33-5,9-2 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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L.J. DeMaino lf..........  2  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
 Chad Coder ph/cf........  1  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   0
Kyle Frank cf/lf.........  5  1  3  0   0  0  1  0   4
Khalil Greene ss.........  5  0  2  0   0  0  2  4   0
Jeff Baker 3b............  4  2  1  2   0  2  0  0   2
Michael Johnson 1b.......  4  0  0  0   1  1  7  0   2
Jeff Houigan dh..........  3  1  2  2   2  0  0  0   0
Russell Tripllett 2b.....  5  0  2  0   0  1  2  5   2
Roberto Valiente rf......  3  0  1  0   0  0  4  0   1
Steve Pyzik c............  3  0  0  0   0  1  5  0   1
 Seth Miller c...........  1  0  1  0   0  0  4  0   0
B.J. LaMura p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Thomas Boozer p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 36  4 12  4   5  5 27  9  12

Duke University 1 (19-21,1-10 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Brian Patrick rf/p.......  4  0  0  0   1  0  1  0   2
Kevin Kelly ss...........  5  0  1  0   0  2  4  2   0
Larry Broadway 1b........  3  0  0  0   2  0 10  0   1
Drew Jerdan lf...........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   4
 Mike Miello lf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Tim Layden dh/rf.........  4  0  2  0   0  1  0  0   0
Bryan Smith 2b...........  3  1  2  0   1  0  2  3   0
Troy Caradonna c.........  4  0  1  1   0  1  6  1   1
Grant Stanley 3b.........  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  2   1
Doug Bechtold cf.........  3  0  1  0   0  1  4  0   2
 Blake Walker ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Jeff Alleva p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Ryan Sember p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Zach Schreiber p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Justin Dilucchio p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 35  1  8  1   4  9 27 10  11

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 000 020 200 -  4 12  2
Duke University..... 000 001 000 -  1  8  1
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E - Jeff Baker(6); Russell Trip(7); Jeff Alleva(1).
 DP - Clemson 2; Duke 2. LOB - Clemson 12; Duke 11. 
2B - Kyle Frank(13); Roberto Vali(2); Doug Bechtol(6). 
HR - Jeff Baker(15); Jeff Houriga(6). HBP - Jeff Baker. 
SH - Roberto Vali(2).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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B.J. LaMura.........  5.1  8  1  1  3  5 23 26
Thomas Boozer.......  3.2  0  0  0  1  4 12 13

Duke University        IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Jeff Alleva.........  5.0  6  2  2  4  4 20 25
Ryan Sember.........  0.1  1  0  0  0  0  2  2
Zach Schreiber......  1.1  2  2  2  1  1  5  7
Justin Dilucchio....  1.2  3  0  0  0  0  7  7
Brian Patrick.......  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  2  2

Win - B.J. LaMura (4-1).  Loss - Jeff Alleva (5-5).
Save - Thomas Booze (2). WP - B.J. LaMura 2(4);
Thomas Booze(3). HB - Zach Schreib. BK - Jeff Alleva(1).
Umpires - Home:Mickey Fuqua  1st:Randy Dulin  3rd:Al Davis
Start: 2:02 PM   Time: 2:48   Attendance: 720

Game 1 on Friday:


Durham, NC - Clemson downed Duke 5-3 Friday evening at Jack Coombs Field in front of 605 fans. The Tigers (32-5, 8-1 ACC) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to provide for the winning margin over the Blue Devils (19-20, 1-9 ACC).


Matt Henrie went 6.1 innings, allowing only two earned runs to pick up the win and improve to 8-1. Patrick Hogan pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his first save of the season. Reliever Zach Schreiber (0-2) suffered the loss.


After going hitless through the first 2.2 innings, Clemson got on the board in the third. Kyle Frank lined a two-out double to the fence in left-center and Khalil Greene followed with a double down the left-field line that actually popped up in the air after hitting third base. Greene's double plated Frank to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead and tied Shane Monahan for the Clemson career record for total bases with 535.


Duke took the lead right back in the bottom of the third inning. Troy Caradonna led off with a single up the middle. Grant Stanley then hit a slow roller to second baseman David Slevin, who couldn't pick the ball off the dirt, allowing both runners to be safe. They then advanced a base on a wild pitch. Caradonna scored when Doug Bechtold hit a line-drive, sacrifice fly to right field. After Brian Patrick grounded out, Stanley scored on another Henrie wild pitch.


Clemson responded in the fifth inning with two runs. After Collin Mahoney was hit by a pitch, L.J. DeMaino lined a triple to the right-field gap, plating Mahoney. It was DeMaino's third triple of the season, half of Clemson's total in 2002. Frank followed with an RBI groundout to second base to give Clemson a 3-2 lead.


Duke tied the score at 3-3 in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Smith. Larry Broadway, who led off the inning with a fly-ball double down the left-field line and advanced to third on a Tim Layden sacrifice bunt, scored on the play.


The Tigers regained the lead in the seventh inning. Frank hit his second double of the game and scored on a two-out, line-drive single to center by Jeff Baker.


Duke threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Doug Bechtold hit a one-out single through the right side and advanced to third on a double to right center by Patrick. Frank, who had moved to centerfield, did an outstanding job of cutting off the ball before it got to the wall, keeping Bechtold from scoring. Hogan came in in relief of Henrie and got Kevin Kelly to strike out swinging and Drew Jerdan to groundout to Hogan to end the inning.


Clemson added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Jeff Hourigan led off with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by David Slevin. Pinch-hitter Roberto Valiente then singled up the middle, plating Hourigan to give Clemson a 5-3 lead.


The two teams will match up in game two Saturday at 2:00 PM at Jack Coombs Field. The game was originally scheduled for 5:00 PM but has changed to the earlier time.


Clemson 5 (32-5,8-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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DeMaino, L.J. lf......... 5 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 0
Frank, Kyle rf/cf........ 5 2 2 1 0 0 4 0 2
Greene, Khalil ss........ 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 0
Baker, Jeff 3b........... 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 1
Johnson, Michael 1b...... 4 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 3
Hourigan, Jeff dh........ 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1
Slevin, David 2b......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Coder, Chad cf........... 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Green, Zane ph/rf....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Valiente, Roberto ph/rf. 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mahoney, Collin c........ 3 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 1
Evans, Garrick pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pyzik, Steve c.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Henrie, Matt p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hogan, Patrick p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals................... 35 5 10 5 3 5 27 10 10

Duke 3 (19-20,1-9)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Patrick, Brian rf........ 5 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
Kelly, Kevin ss.......... 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2
Broadway, Larry 1b....... 3 1 2 0 1 0 6 1 0
Jerdan, Drew lf.......... 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
Miello, Mike lf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Layden, Tim dh........... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Landrum, Senterrio pr/dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, Bryan 2b.......... 3 0 0 1 0 1 3 3 1
Caradonna, Troy c........ 4 1 1 0 0 2 7 1 1
Stanley, Grant 3b........ 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Bechtold, Doug cf........ 3 0 2 1 0 0 4 0 0
Burke, Greg p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Schreiber, Zach p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sember, Ryan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DeMarco, Paul p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals................... 34 3 10 2 1 8 27 9 8

Score by Innings R H E
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Clemson............. 001 020 110 - 5 10 1
Duke................ 002 001 000 - 3 10 0
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E - SLEVIN(5). DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Clemson 10;
Duke 8. 2B - FRANK 2(12); GREENE(15); HOURIGAN(8);
PATRICK(11); BROADWAY(10). 3B - DeMAINO(3). HBP -
GREENE; JOHNSON; MAHONEY. SH - SLEVIN(4); LAYDEN(1).
SF - SMITH(2); BECHTOLD(1). CS - DeMAINO(1).

Clemson IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Henrie, Matt........ 6.1 9 3 2 0 5 25 28 -
Hogan, Patrick...... 2.2 1 0 0 1 3 9 10 -

Duke IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Burke, Greg......... 5.0 4 3 3 2 3 19 24 -
Schreiber, Zach..... 1.2 3 1 1 0 2 7 7 -
Sember, Ryan........ 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 -
DeMarco, Paul....... 2.0 3 1 1 1 0 8 10 -

Win - HENRIE (8-1). Loss - SCHREIBER (0-2).
Save - HOGAN (1). WP - HENRIE 2(5); HOGAN(1);
DeMARCO(3). HB - BURKE 3.
PB - CARADONNA 2(11).
Umpires - Home:Al Davis 1st:Mickey Fuqua
3rd:Randy Dulin
Start: 7:05 Time: 2:48 Attendance: 605
Game: CU041902
BURKE faced 1 batter in the 6th

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