College Baseball

Gossett pitches rare shutout as Clemson blanks Duke, 7-0

info@islandpacket.comMarch 23, 2013 

FILE

CLEMSON -- It was largely swing and miss for visiting Duke as Daniel Gossett tossed Clemson's first shutout in five years in a 7-0 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Gossett, a sophomore right-hander, scattered five hits over nine innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three in the first complete-game effort of his career.

Gossett delivered strikes on 83 of his 120 pitches. He improved to 3-1 and lowered his earned run average to 1.33 while posting the first shutout by a Clemson pitcher since Graham Stoneburner blanked N.C. State 2-0 on March 23, 2008.

Gossett's effort also was the first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.

"I was able to keep a good plane on my fastball and stay ahead in the count," Gossett said. "This is a confidence boost -- something to tuck under your belt -- but you can't get complacent. You've got to keep working."

Gossett's effort also helped the Tigers preserve their bullpen for Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Devils, which begins at 12:30 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

"It's good that we didn't have to go to anybody because we've got a lot of baseball here in a 24-hour period," coach Jack Leggett said.

Friday's triumph, which was Clemson's seventh straight against Duke, boosted the Tigers' record to 14-7 overall and 4-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The Blue Devils slipped to 11-11, 2-5 with their fourth loss in five games.

Senior centerfielder Thomas Brittle went 4 for 4 to key the Tigers' 14-hit attack while Garrett Boulware, Jon McGibbon and Steven Duggar each added two hits.

Brittle, who recently was moved from the leadoff spot in the order to the No. 8 hole, is batting .500 (12 for 24) over the last six games.

Duke left-hander Trent Swart (2-1) took the loss.

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service