CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH/CLEMSON SID) - Clemson pounded out three home runs on its way to an 8-4 win over Boston College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Thursday night.
Clemson (33-21, 14-13 ACC), who earlier in the evening clinched an ACC Tournament berth by virtue of Notre Dame's victory over Pittsburgh, took a 1-0 lead in the series over the Eagles (21-32, 9-19 ACC).
Down 1-0 in the bottomof the first inning, Clemson responded with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks in part to Tyler Krieger's solo homer, his second of the season and career. After Jay Baum's first career home run in the third inning, the Tigers scored three runs on only one hit in the third inning. Steven Duggar added a solo homer in the seventh inning, his first of the year and third of his career. Clemson hit a season-high three long balls.
Sophomore lefty Matthew Crownover (7-5) earned the win, allowing six hits, one unearned run and no walks with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Eagle starter John Gorman gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits in three innings pitched and suffered the loss.
The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Also Friday, the 1954 Tigers will celebrate their 60-year anniversary. It was Clemson's first ACC team and it won the league with an 8-4 record. Doug Kingsmore, who earned first-team All-ACC honors, will be on hand along with other members of the 1954 team.