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Clemson drops series opener to No. 12 Virginia in extra innings


CLEMSON, SC (WACH) - Pinch-hitter Mike Papi hit a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning to tie the score, then hit a solo homer in the 11th inning to lead No. 12 Virginia to a 6-5 win over Clemson in 11 innings at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.


The Cavaliers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 16-1 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.


Clemson built a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning, but Virginia scored one run in the seventh inning before scoring three runs in the ninth inning to tie the score.


Kyle Crockett (2-0), the last of five Cavalier pitchers, earned the win by pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts and no walks.


Mike Kent (0-1), the last of seven Clemson pitchers, suffered the loss. Game two of the sereis is set for Saturday at 6:30pm at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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