DURHAM, N.C. -- The 16th-ranked Clemson Tigers scored six runs in the 11th inning after escaping jams in the ninth and 10th to defeat Duke 11-5 in front of 1,418 fans at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 23-9 overall and 10-4 in the ACC. Duke dropped to 18-13 overall and 4-10 in ACC play.
The Tigers held a 3-0 lead until Will Currier hit a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning. Clemson scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead, only to see the Blue Devils tie the score on a two-out double by Marcus Stroman in the bottom of the ninth inning. The potential winning run was thrown out at the plate on the play to keep the Tigers alive.
Clemson again staved off defeat in the 10th inning on a wild play in which the Tigers recorded two outs on one play, including the second when Brian Litwin tried to score the winning run from second base on a wild pitch.
In the top of the 11th inning, the Tigers scored six runs on only two hits, four walks, one hit-by-pitch, and a costly Blue Devils error.
The big hit was Jeff Schaus's single through the right side to score Johnson and Epps. John Hinson followed with a double up the middle to score Mike Freeman and Schaus.
Clemson and Duke will play the series-finale today at 1 p.m.