Duke-Clemson baseball rained out, set for doubleheader Saturday

CLEMSON – Tyler Krieger dropped back to pass, surveyed the field, saw Chris Okey breaking away from two Duke defenders, and hit the big target in stride.

Touchdown, Tigers! As former play-by-play announcer Pete Yanity might say: “there’s orange in the dugout!”

And then, Krieger and Okey were immediately promoted to second-team on Dabo Swinney’s depth chart at quarterback and tight end, respectively.

OK, that last part didn’t happen. But the first part did, when Clemson and Duke baseball players were messing around with an impromptu game of two-hand-touch to pass time during the early part of a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay.

Unfortunately, that was the only action to take place Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With more rain in the forecast, both teams’ managers and the umpires decided to call it a night before attempting to play ball.

A doubleheader is scheduled to begin Saturday at noon, with game two taking place 45 minutes after the conclusion of the opener. The capper is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

All games are weather permitting, of course, with rain forecasted for the entire weekend.

Saturday’s opener will pit a pair of lefties against one another with Clemson’s Matthew Crownover (6-1, 1.20 ERA) and Duke’s Dillon Haviland (1-0, 3.44). The nightcap’s projected starters are Duke’s Andrew Istler and Clemson’s Zack Erwin, with Duke’s Bailey Clark and Clemson’s Brody Koerner cleaning up on Sunday.

Clemson is 20-18 (9-9 ACC) and riding its first 3-game winning streak since February. Duke is 22-15, and at 5-13 in last place in the ACC standings.