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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Broadcast Info, Recap, and Preview As Tigers Take Game One Vs. Duke

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Clemson Takes Game One Vs. Duke!

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson travels to Duke.

The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided by the Clemson Tiger Sports Network, including the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/.

If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play for all three games with Bob Mahoney offering color analysis.

Saturday’s broadcast time is 1:30 with first pitch at 2:00.

Broadcast time for Sunday’s game is 12:30 with first pitch at 1:00

Jon McGibbon led off the 11th inning with a triple and scored the first of three runs in the frame to lead Clemson to a 4-1 victory over Duke in front of 1,582 fans at Jack Coombs Field on Friday night.

The Tigers scored a run in the first inning and held a 1-0 lead until the seventh inning, when the Blue Devils tied the score. Duke had scoring chances in the eighth and ninth innings, but Scott Firth worked out of jams both times to send the game into extra innings.

McGibbon started Clemson’s three-run 11th inning with a triple to right-center, then Brad Felder and Kieboom hit run-scoring singles to give the Tigers their first extra-inning win in three tries this season.

Kevin Brady and Firth combined to allow just one run and seven hits in 11.0 innings pitched. Firth (2-0) earned the win by pitching the final 5.0 innings without giving up a run. He yielded three hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Brady tossed 6.0 strong innings, allowing just four hits, one run, and one walk with three strikeouts. Brady and Firth also teamed up to allow just one of Duke’s 13 baserunners to score in the contest.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to 16-14 overall and 6-7 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 13-18 overall and 5-8 in ACC play.
Clemson and Duke have met 189 times on the diamond, with the Tigers holding a 122-65-2 lead in the series dating back to the 1904 season. Last year at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers swept the three-game series by a combined score of 34-16.

The two teams last met in a three-game series in Durham in 2010. The Blue Devils won two of the three games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park despite both teams scoring 22 runs in the series.
In the last series at Jack Coombs Field in 2008, the two teams split the three-game series 1-1-1. The Tigers hold a 47-28-1 lead in games played at Duke and a 95-34-2 advantage in ACC regular-season games.

Jack Leggett has a 42-15-1 record against Duke as Clemson’s head coach, including a 18-9-1 mark in Durham in ACC regular-season contests. Clemson also holds a 10-6 advantage in ACC regular-season games.

In game-two on Saturday, the Blue Devils will send out freshman lefthander Trent Swart (3-3, 2.25 ERA) on the mound. The Carlsbad, CA native has made seven starts for a total of 40.0 innings pitched. He has given up 31 hits (.220 opponents’ batting average), no homers, and 19 walks with 41 strikeouts.

Clemson will counter with junior righty Dominic Leone (4-2, 5.08 ERA) on Saturday. The Norwich, CT native has made seven starts for a total of 33.2 innings pitched. He has given up 28 hits (.246 opponents’ batting average) and 20 walks with 25 strikeouts.

In game-three, Duke will start sophomore righty Robert Huber (3-3, 4.11 ERA) on the mound. The Plano, TX native has made seven starts for a total of 35.0 innings pitched. He has yielded 41 hits (.297 opponents’ batting average) and 22 walks with 24 strikeouts.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Kevin Pohle (3-1, 1.82 ERA) on Sunday. The Saint Louis, MO native has made five starts and two relief appearances for a total of 34.2 innings pitched. He has given up 35 hits (.267 opponents’ batting average) and 13 walks with 23 strikeouts.

Go Tigers!

Scott Rhymer can be reached at scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Credit To Clemsontigers.com