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No. 8 Tigers Down No. 3 Blue Devils 8-6 In 10 Innings To Win Series

March 17, 2024
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DURHAM, N.C. - Jimmy Obertop and Jacob Hinderleider both hit home runs in the 10th inning to lead No. 8 Clemson to an 8-6 victory over No. 3 Duke at Jack Coombs Field on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 17-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The Blue Devils dropped to 15-5 overall and 3-3 in ACC play.

Blake Wright belted a two-run homer, his seventh of the season, in the top of the first inning, then Ben Miller answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning. Duke tied the score in the fourth inning on a two-out passed ball. In the sixth inning, the Tigers took a 3-2 lead on Jarren Purify’s sacrifice fly.

In the top of the eighth inning, back-to-back run-scoring doubles, Clemson’s first two two-out hits of the series, by Hinderleider and Purify added insurance runs. AJ Gracia laced a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to narrow Clemson’s lead to 5-4. Later in the frame, Wallace Clark lofted a sacrifice fly to tie the score.

In the ninth inning, a Tiger relay throw and out at the plate sent the game to extra innings. In the 10th inning, Obertop belted a 429-foot homer, his fourth of the year, to give Clemson the lead, then Hinderleider added a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, later in the frame.

Rob Hughes (1-0) earned the win, while Matthew Marchal pitched the 10th inning to record his first save as a Tiger. Charlie Beilenson (0-1), who surrendered his first four runs of the season, suffered the loss. Tiger starter Aidan Knaak allowed just two runs (one earned) and no walks with a career-high nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.

With the series win, Clemson has won 12 regular-season weekend series in a row dating to 2023, including eight straight ACC regular-season series.

The Tigers return home to host Winthrop on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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