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Tigers Top Duke 6-2 in Game 1

Tigers Top Duke 6-2 in Game 1

CLEMSON, S.C. – Matthew Crownover allowed just one earned run in 7.0 innings pitched to lead Clemson to a 6-2 victory over Duke in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 21-18 overall and 10-9 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 22-16 overall and 5-14 in ACC play.

Crownover (7-1) registered the win by giving up just five hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks with seven strikeouts. Duke starter Dillon Haviland (1-1) suffered the loss, as he yielded eight hits, six runs (four earned) and three walks with one strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched.

After Duke scored an unearned run in the top of the third inning, Tyler Krieger belted a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to give Clemson a 2-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Chris Okey hit a run-scoring single off the wall in left-center, Chase Pinder ripped a two-run double and Eli White drew a bases-loaded walk in the four-run frame. Reed Rohlman also reached on a bunt single in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Game two of the doubleheader and series starts at approximately 4 p.m. on ESPN3. Tickets for Saturday’s originally-scheduled game will be honored for the second game of the doubleheader Saturday.

[View the story “Duke at Clemson (April 17, 2015)” on Storify]