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Panthers Survive Clemson Comeback to Win First ACC Series With A 10-7 Victory

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The Panthers took the nightcap of their doubleheader against No. 20 Clemson with another offensive explosion, winning 10-7. The victory secures Pitt’s first series win of the season.

Panthers starter Logan Evans pitched five innings, giving up one run and striking out nine batters as Pitt jumped out to an 8-1 advantage.

The Tigers fought back as the game went on, scoring six runs in two innings, but the Panthers managed to hang on and secure the victory. 

Clemson took a first inning lead on a towering home run over the left field wall by designated hitter Cooper Ingle.

The Panthers loaded the bases in the second inning, and Kyle Hess doubled in two; second baseman Jeff Wehler hit a single to make it 3-0.

Pitt doubled their lead in the third, sparked by a Ron Washington Jr. two-bagger. First baseman Bryce Hulett and DH Jack Anderson hit back-to-back home runs, and Clemson starter Nick Hoffman left the game after 2.2 innings.

The Panthers added one run in each of the next three innings. Wehler tripled in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly, while Washington Jr. hit a home run in the fifth. A Sky Duff single made it 9-1 in the sixth.

Clemson got five back in the seventh thanks to two doubles with runners in scoring position off of C.J. McKennett. Brady Devereux replaced him, and gave up home runs to second baseman Tyler Corbitt and third baseman Max Wagner in .1 innings of work as the Tigers clawed back to a 9-7 deficit.

Head coach Mike Bell pulled Devereux to give Baron Stuart his second appearance of the day, and a save opportunity.

Hulett hit a two-out triple in the eighth to score Duff and give Pitt some breathing room.

Stuart earned the save, pitching two innings with five strikeouts, striking out the side in the ninth to clinch the victory.

The win moves the Panthers to 12-10 on the season, and 3-5 in the ACC. They’ll look to complete a sweep of the Tigers on Saturday, March 25 at 3pm.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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