Clemson opens ACC Tourney play with win over Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WACH) - Clemson needed a win on Wednesday at the ACC Tournament to keep its NCAA tourney hopes alive and the Tigers got exactly what they needed.

You might even call it a minor upset. The fifth-seeded Tigers knocked off No. 4 seed Duke thanks to Tyler Kriegerâ??s two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning that gave Clemson the lead for good in its 5-3 win at NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday.

The Tigers, who improved to 1-0 in the tourney, upped their record to 35-22, while the Blue Devils, who fell to 0-1 in the tournament, dropped to 32-24.

Duke took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Ryan Deitrichâ??s two-out, two-run homer, his eighth long ball of the year. After Clemson scored a run in the fourth inning on Garrett Boulwareâ??s run-scoring single, one-out singles by Chris Okey and Weston Wilson in the fifth inning set up Kriegerâ??s two-run double down the right-field line to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. C lemson added two runs in the ninth inning on Steven Duggarâ??s two-run single.

Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (8-5) earned the win by allowing just five hits, two runs and one walk with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. Matt Campbell recorded the last out to register his eighth save of the season. Duke starter Michael Matuella (1-3) suffered the loss, as he gave up three runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings pitched.

The Tigers play No. 1 seed Miami (Fla.) on Thursday at 7 p.m.