Clemson University

Okey rallies Tigers past Duke

Chris Okey belted a two-out, two-RBI triple on an 0-2 pitch in the ninth inning, giving Clemson a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Duke at Jack Coombs Field on Saturday afternoon to even the series.

Duke (16-15, 5-9 ACC) scored two runs in the second inning. Clemson (23-8, 8-6) cut the lead in half in the fifth inning on Reed Rohlman’s two-out, run-scoring single.

With two outs and the bases empty in the ninth inning, Chase Pinder reached on a throwing error, Duke’s first error of the series. After Jordan Greene walked, Okey laced an 0-2 pitch to deep right-center out of the reach of Evan Dougherty, to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Seth Beer went 0-for-3 with two walks, including an intentional walk after Okey’s ninth-inning triple, ending his 26-game hitting streak.

Tiger starter Charlie Barnes (3-3) earned the win, allowing four hits, two runs and one walk with three strikeouts in eight innings. Pat Krall pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season. Mitch Stallings (1-2) suffered the loss, giving up two unearned runs in the ninth.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

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