Clemson Tops Duke 5-3 In ACC Tourney Opener

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar each drove in two runs, and Clemson beat Duke 5-3 on Wednesday in their Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament opener.

The fifth-seeded Tigers (35-22) will play top-seeded Miami on Thursday night after fourth-seeded Duke (32-24) faces ninth-seeded Georgia Tech.

Duke had runners on first and third in the ninth after Ryan Deitrich's two-out RBI single pulled the Blue Devils within two, but reliever Matt Campbell got Mike Rosenfeld's fly out to end it.Chris Okey and Weston Wilson hit one-out singles in Clemson's fifth, and Krieger made it 3-2 with his two-run double to right field off Michael Matuella (1-3).

Duggar added a two-run single in the ninth off Andrew Istler.Garrett Boulware pulled Clemson to 2-1 with an RBI single in the fourth.Deitrich also hit a two-run homer in the second.Matthew Crownover (8-5) struck out nine in 7 2-3 innings for Clemson.


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