Clemson Takes Game One Against Duke


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CLEMSON - For a long time it looked as if Clemson's offense was going to relive the horror that was last Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Georgia. But when the Tigers woke up, they did so in a huge way.


Clemson scored eight runs in the sixth inning Friday night, erasing a 3-1 deficit and rolling to a 9-3 victory over visiting Duke. The game was played before an announced crowd of 2,770 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


The Tigers' resurgence actually started an inning earlier when pitcher/designated hitter Kris Harvey launched a long solo home run to left field, his seventh of the year.



Until Harvey's blast the Tigers (16-13, 7-3 ACC) had been blanked on one hit and trailed 3-0. Dating back to the ninth inning of last Tuesday's game at Georgia, Clemson had scored just one run in its last 14 innings.


But the bats finally came to life in the sixth, when Clemson sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs. Herman Demmink had two hits and two RBIs in the inning, while Tyler Colvin and pinch hitter David Williams each drove in a pair of runs with base hits.


Seven of the inning's runs - and eight overall - were charged to Duke (9-24, 1-12) starter and loser Greg Burke (4-5). Seven straight hitters reached base, five of them scoring, against Burke in the inning before he was pulled in favor of lefty David Torcise.


The runs were welcomed by Harvey, who pitched seven strong innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. Harvey allowed just five hits, struck out a career-high nine and walked only one.


Only two of the three runs he allowed were earned.


Freshman lefty Daniel Moskos pitched two scoreless innings to close out the victory.


Game two of the three-game series is at 7 p.m. today. Sunday's series finale begins at 2 p.m.


NOTES


- Clemson's eight-run sixth inning tied for their largest single-inning output of the season. The Tigers also scored eight runs in the second inning of a 14-3 win at Maryland March 25;


- Williams' pinch hit single snapped a 1-for-26 skid. The two RBIs were his first in a Clemson uniform;


- Duke's lone ACC win so far this season was an 8-7 victory over Florida State on March 26.


Duke 3 (9-24,1-12 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Javier Socorro lf........  4  2  2  0   0  2  2  0   1
Adam Murray 2b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  3   0
Brett Bartles ss.........  3  0  1  3   1  1  3  1   0
Cody Wheeler dh..........  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
 Jonathan Nicolla ph/dh..  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Corey Whiting rf.........  3  0  0  0   0  2  1  0   2
 Senterrio Landrum ph/cf.  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
John Berger 1b...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  9  2   0
 J.J. Koterba ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Ron Causey c.............  3  0  0  0   0  0  5  1   0
 Kyle Kreick ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Bryan Smith 3b...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Kyle Silver ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Jimmy Gallagher cf.......  2  1  0  0   1  0  0  0   1
 Jonathan Anderson cf/rf.  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Greg Burke p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 David Torcise p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
 Jim Perry p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  3  5  3   2 13 24 11   5

Clemson 9 (16-13,7-3 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink 3b........  4  1  2  2   0  0  0  1   1
Brad Chalk cf............  4  1  1  0   0  0  2  1   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  3  1  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
Tyler Colvin 1b..........  4  1  1  2   0  0  6  3   0
Travis Storrer rf........  4  1  1  1   0  1  0  0   0
Kris Harvey p/dh.........  3  2  2  1   0  1  3  0   0
 John Ingram ph/dh.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   0
Jesse Ferguson lf........  2  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   0
 David Williams ph/lf....  1  1  1  2   0  0  0  0   0
Adrian Casanova c........  1  0  0  0   0  1  7  1   0
 Ben Hall ph.............  2  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Gene Pierce c...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  5  0   0
 Daniel Moskos p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 32  9 10  8   0  6 27 10   1

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Duke................ 102 000 000 -  3  5  2
Clemson............. 000 018 00X -  9 10  1
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E - CAUSEY(2); BURKE(3); COLVIN(2). LOB - Duke 5; Clemson 1. 
2B - SOCORRO(8); COLVIN(10); HALL(3). HR - HARVEY(7). 
SH - HARBIN(3); WIDMANN(4). SB - BARTLES(5); WIDMANN(1); 
WILLIAMS(2). CS - DEMMINK(2).

Duke                   IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Greg Burke..........  5.0  8  8  7  0  5 23 24
David Torcise.......  1.0  2  1  1  0  0  3  4
Jim Perry...........  2.0  0  0  0  0  1  6  6

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kris Harvey.........  7.0  5  3  2  1  9 27 28
Daniel Moskos.......  2.0  0  0  0  1  4  6  7

Win - HARVEY (4-1).  Loss - BURKE (4-5).  Save - None.
Umpires - HP: Bruce Ravan  1B: Tim Clougherty  
3B: David Pritchett
Start: 7:34   Time: 2:26   Attendance: 2770



Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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