Every Tiger starter had at least one hit and Zack Erwin pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief in…
Tigers beat Duke
Gossett (3-1) earned the win by allowing just five hits, no runs, and no walks with three strikeouts in a career-long 9.0 innings pitched. The Lyman, SC native, who retired the first 13 batters of the game, tossed the first shutout by a Tiger since 2008, when Graham Stoneburner blanked N.C. State 2-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 23. It was also the first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.
Duke starter Trent Swart (2-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up 11 hits, five runs (three earned), and two walks with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the fourth inning. Shane Kennedy led off with a bunt single, then Jon McGibbon belted a single to right field. Rightfielder Jeff Kremer threw Kennedy out at third on the play as McGibbon took second base on the throw. Two batters later with two outs, Thomas Brittle ripped a 1-2 pitch down the right-field line for a single to score McGibbon.
In the fifth inning, Steve Wilkerson hit a two-out double down the left-field line and scored on Garrett Boulware's single to left field.
The Tigers tacked on three runs on three hits and three Duke errors in the sixth inning. Brittle hit a one-out single down the right-field line and advanced to second on Kremer's error on the play. Tyler Slaton reached on an infield single to advance Brittle to third, then Jay Baum hit a chopper to third-baseman Jordan Betts. Betts booted the grounder as Brittle scored, then Betts' throw to first was errant, allowing Slaton to score. Steven Duggar followed with a single through the right side to score Baum.
In the seventh inning, McGibbon laced a two-out double down the right-field line and scored on Tyler Krieger's single down the right-field line.
Betts led off the top of the eighth inning with a double to left field, then Matt Berezo reached on a bunt single. Both runners moved up a base on Mark Lumpa's sacrifice bunt, then Ryan Munger flied out to shallow center for out #2. Kenny Koplove lined an 0-2 pitch headed for centerfield, but Gossett snagged the liner for the inning-ending out.
Brittle led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to left-center and stole second. Two batters later, Baum reached with one out on an error by Koplove at short, then pinch-hitter Mike Triller lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Brittle.
In the ninth inning, Kremer grounded a one-out single through the left side. Later in the inning with two outs, Chris Marconcini hit a high flyball that fell for a double down the left-field line to advance Kremer to third. But Betts flied out to center to end the game.
Clemson pounded out 14 hits in the contest, led by Brittle going 4-for-4 with one RBI, two runs, and two stolen bases. Duggar, Boulware, and McGibbon added two hits apiece.
Betts had two of Duke's five hits in the game.
Clemson and Duke will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:30 PM.
CUTigers.com Recommended Stories
Peyton Manning Breaks All-Time TD Record
Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…Read More
LenDale White escorted out of the Coliseum
Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.Read More
Video Tip: The 1-Minute Golf Swing
Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…Read More
Dr. Roto Video: Week 7 Recap
Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…Read More
Windy Weather Whitetails
As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.Read More
- 2014 CUTigers.com Official Pick’em Contest - Week 8
- OFFICIAL GAME THREAD: No. 22 Clemson at Boston College
- Is there a team ranked ahead of us right now with a 1st year
- Chad Morris
- Mate swapping of the famed Suricata suricatta