Clemson pounds out 15 hits to blow out Blue Devils

Thomas Brittle went 4-for-6 with a triple, double, five RBIs, and three runs to lead Clemson’s 15-hit attack in its 11-5 win over Duke in front of 1,123 fans at Jack Coombs Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 17-14 overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 13-19 overall and 5-9 in ACC play.

For the second game in a row, the Tigers did not trail at any point. The Tigers held a 3-2 lead until they scored two runs in the sixth and one run in the top of the seventh to take a 6-2 lead. Duke clawed back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut Clemson’s lead to one run.

However, the Tigers added five runs in the ninth inning, keyed by Brittle’s three-run double, and won their fifth game in a row over the Blue Devils.

Starter Dominic Leone (5-2) earned the victory by striking out nine in 6.1 innings pitched. He gave up nine hits, four runs, and two walks, but worked out of several jams. Patrick Andrews recorded his second save of the year by pitching the final 2.2 innings. He surrendered three hits and one run with one strikeout.

Trent Swart (3-4), the first of four Duke pitchers, suffered the loss. He allowed 10 hits, four runs, and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

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