Durham, NC – Clemson went eleven innings to defeat Duke 4-1 Friday night. Kevin Brady and Scott Firth both had gems for the Tigers as they defeated Duke’s ace Marcus Stroman.
Kevin Brady pitched his best game of the season for the Tigers. Brady went six innings and only gave up four hits and no runs. Kevin faced 22 batters and had three strikeouts. Scott Firth came in and pitched five innings of strong relief giving up only three hits and no runs. The biggest out of the game may have come when Firth got the strikeout in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and a full count.
Marcus Stroman pitched a strong game for the Devils. Stroman went nine innings and only gave up seven hits, one run and no earned runs.
Steve Wilkerson started the first inning with a single to short then advanced to second on a passed ball. Thomas Brittle grounded to short advancing Wilkerson to third. Richie Shaffer hit a single to right to score Wilkerson. After the top of the first Clemson led 1-0.
Duke got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Kevin Brady gave up a leadoff single. Scott Firth came in to relieve Brady and gave up a hard single up the middle to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly tied the game 1-1.
Duke had three errors in the fourth, but the Tigers couldn’t score a run. Clemson left runners on the corners as Wilkerson watched strike three.
In the top of the eleventh Jon McGibbon tripled to start the inning. Jay Baum then walked. Brad Felder singled to center to score McGibbon and Baum scored on an error. Felder advanced to third on a wild pitch. Spencer Kieboom singled to score Felder. After the top of the 11th the Tigers led 4-1.
Clemson moved to 16-14 overall with the victory and 6-7 in the ACC.