Tigers Sweep Away Dukes

by - Correspondent -

CLEMSON - Jack Leggett can only hope this weekend was a preview of the type of pitching he's going to get all season.

Josh Cribb became the third Clemson starter to make an impressive 2006 debut Sunday afternoon, pitching five shutout innings in the Tigers' 6-1 win over James Madison. The victory enabled No. 1 Clemson (3-0) to sweep the season-opening three-game series from the Dukes.

The game was played before more than 3,000 fans who braved temperatures that never reached 40 degrees at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Cribb (1-0) was masterful in his five innings. The senior righthander allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out seven. He left with his team leading 4-0.

Cribb, Jason Berken and Stephen Faris - Clemson's starters this weekend - combined to pitch 16 shutout innings. The bullpen was nearly as good, allowing just two runs - one earned - in 11 innings of work over the three games.

Four Tiger relievers followed Cribb Sunday and pitched one inning each. P.J. Zocci, Stephen Cline and Steven Richard all had scoreless frames. Freshman Ryan Hinson gave up an unearned run in his inning of work.

Ryan Reid (0-1) took the loss for James Madison (0-3). He allowed four runs - only one earned - in five innings.

Clemson's offense was led by Herman Demmink, who had three hits, drove in a run and scored one. Shortstop Stan Widmann scored three runs on the afternoon, while catcher Adrian Casanova blasted his first home run of the year - a solo shot leading off the sixth inning.

Casanova's longball was the first of his career at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The four he hit last year all came on the road.

Clemson will return to action next weekend, hosting Mercer in a three-game series. The Friday and Saturday games are set for 4 p.m., with Sunday's contest scheduled for 1 p.m.

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