Clemson Baseball loses to Duke 14-8 to clinch last regular season series

CUTrevor 2021-05-22 00:19:57

Their NCAA hopes probably just went out the window. If they had held onto the 8th inning lead at FSU on Sunday or won this series against Duke, they probably would have made the NCAA, but now I think they've lost it barring a deep run in the ACC Tournament. Both Clemson and Duke were on the bubble, and I think Duke just snatched the bid away from the Tigers, much like the softball team did with the Tigers' regional host site.

CUTrevor 2021-05-22 00:21:13

CLEMSON, S.C. - Duke scored 13 runs in the first four innings on its way to a 14-8 victory over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Blue Devils, who took a 2-0 lead in the series and won their seventh game in a row, improved to 27-20 overall and 15-17 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 24-25 overall and 16-19 in ACC play.

The Blue Devils scored four runs on four hits in the first inning, then they scored four two-out runs in the top of the second inning, capped by Chris Crabtree's three-run homer. Bryce Teodosio belted his first career triple to score a run in the bottom of the second inning to put the Tigers on the scoreboard. RJ Schreck blasted a three-run homer in the third inning, then the Blue Devils tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth inning to build a 13-1 lead.

Dylan Brewer belted a two-run homer, his 10th of the year, in the bottom of the fourth inning, then Jonathan French plated a run on a groundout in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Bryar Hawkins laced a grand slam, the first of his career and his first long ball of the season, to cut Duke's lead to 13-8. But Schreck hit a solo homer, his second of the game, in the seventh inning and the Blue Devils held on for the victory.

Duke reliever Josh Allen (3-1) earned the win, while Jimmy Loper pitched 3.1 innings to record his fifth save of the year. Tiger starter Keyshawn Askew (1-2) suffered the loss.

The series and regular season concludes Saturday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.