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

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.

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