Tyler Krieger’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning gave Clemson the lead for good in its 5-3 victory over Duke in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday. The Tigers, who improved to 1-0 in the tourney, upped their record to 35-22, while the Blue Devils, who fell to 0-1 in the tournament, dropped to 32-24.
Duke took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Ryan Deitrich’s two-out, two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the year. After Clemson scored a run in the fourth inning on Garrett Boulware’s run-scoring single, one-out singles by Chris Okey and Weston Wilson in the fifth inning set up Krieger’s two-run double down the right-field line to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Clemson added two runs in the ninth inning on Steven Duggar’s two-run single.
Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (8-5) earned the win by allowing just five hits, two runs and one walk with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. Matt Campbell recorded the last out to register his eighth save of the season. Duke starter Michael Matuella (1-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings pitched.
The Tigers play No. 1 seed Miami (Fla.) on Thursday at 7 p.m. on RSN and ESPN3. Clemson is the designated home team and will occupy the third-base dugout.