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May 09, 2024

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Softball at ACC Championship (Semifinals)

No. 5 Clemson (34-16) vs. No. 1 Duke (45-6)


  • 🆚 Opponent: vs. No. 1 Duke
  • 🗓 Date/Time: Friday, May 10 • 1 p.m.
  • 📍 Venue: Duke Softball Stadium • Durham, N.C.
  • 📺 Watch: ACC Network
  • 📊 Stats: Live Stats

Clemson: Roster | Schedule | Game Notes (PDF)


  • Clemson entered the 2024 ACC Championship as the five seed – marked the fourth-consecutive season Clemson has entered the tournament as a top-five seed (2023 – 3, 2022 – 5, 2021 – 1)
  • The Tigers hold a .302 batting average. Clemson also has a .479 slugging percentage and .393 on-base percentage.
  • Clemson’s pitching staff maintains a 2.24 ERA through 340 innings of work and has 267 strikeouts.
  • The Tigers are 3-10 all time against the Blue Devils, including 0-3 in the three-game series at McWhorter Stadium earlier this season. Clemson last defeated Duke on March 19, 2022 with a 10-2 victory in five innings in Duke Softball Stadium. Clemson and Duke matched up last season in the ACC Championship semifinals where Duke took the game, 2-0.


  • Clemson has outscored opponents 304-147 this season
  • Clemson had 414 hits through 50 games, including posting 61 doubles, 52 home runs and 14 triples
  • The Tigers have 276 RBIs this season with Valerie Cagle (42), McKenzie Clark (39), Alia Logoleo (36) and Maddie Moore (34) leading the charge. A total of 15 batters have tallied at least one RBI this season, including 10 in double digits
  • 11 Tigers combined for 104 multi-hit games led by Alex Brown (20), McKenzie Clark (17), Maddie Moore (15), Valerie Cagle (15) and Alia Logoleo (11).


  • The Tigers advance to the semifinals for the fourth-straight season Clemson has made at least a semifinal appearance – this is a semifinal game in each year eligible for the tournament (2020 season was canceled before ACC Championships due to COVID)
  • The 2024 season marked the second-time in program history Clemson has entered the ACC Championships as a five seed – the first being 2022
  • In 2022, Clemson entered as the five seed and went on to defeat Notre Dame (four seed – quarterfinals) and Virginia Tech (one seed – semifinals) before falling to Florida State, 8-6, in the championship game
  • The 2022 season marked the second-straight year Clemson had made the championship game after facing Duke in the 2021 championship
  • Clemson entered the tournament in 2023 as the three seed and defeated North Carolina, 2-1, before falling to Duke in the semifinals


  • A starting centerfielder in 222 games for the Tigers, McKenzie Clark has maintained a .345 career batting average with 236 hits and 140 RBIS
  • Through the ACC Quarterfinals, she has scored 195 runs, which leads Clemson’s career records and has stolen 46 bases on her career
  • Clark claimed the Tigers’ stolen base record after surpassing Carlee Shannon (45 – 2022). She claimed the record outright with one stolen base against Duke on April 13, 2024
  • The Myakka City, Fla., native has tallied 40 doubles, 43 home runs and 12 triples to post a .627 slugging percentage and .440 on-base percentage
  • Defensively, she has 233 putouts and 16 assists on her career
  • Earlier this week, Clark was named to the Second Team All-ACC team – this was her third career honor and the second time she was a second team selection
  • Beyond the field, Clark sat down with the ClemsonPlus crew last fall to explain her life journey from adoption to becoming a Clemson Tiger – fans can read the entire journey by visiting