Gossett tosses Tigers' first complete game shutout since 2008

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Gossett tosses Tigers' first complete game shutout since 2008

CLEMSON – Daniel Gossett Daniel Gossett
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#23 6-0, 180
Lyman, SC

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took a deep breath, gave a megawatt smile to the assembled media in Clemson’s dugout and announced that the longest workday of his baseball career had taken a toll.

“This is the longest I have ever pitched in my entire life, and my body is tired,” Gossett said after his complete game, 7-0 shutout over Duke Friday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the first complete game shutout for a Clemson pitcher since 2008 when Graham Stoneburner blanked N.C. State 2-0 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 23. It was also the first complete game by a Tiger since 2011.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 14-7 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Blue Devils fell to 11-11 overall and 2-5 in ACC play.

Gossett gave up just five hits – two in the ninth inning that had runners at second and third with two out – and struck out three while walking none. In all, he threw 120 pitches.

“It felt good,” he said. “The defense was outstanding all night. We came in and put some runs on the board and that was awesome. It was just keeping a good mix of pitches. It is a confidence boost, something to put under your belt. But you have to keep working – you can’t take a game like this and coast the rest of the year.”

The sophomore out of Byrnes High School said he got a bit of a scare when he thought pitching coach Dan Pepicelli was going to send out another pitcher to pitch the ninth.

“I actually saw him go over to Coach Leggett, because Coach Leggett called him over,” Gossett said. “He was talking about putting in Kevin BradleyKevin Bradley
Fr. Infielder
#37 6-1, 200
Pennington, NJ

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to catch, and my heart started beating, and I was like, ‘No. Just no.’ I was ready to go out there and argue to get to pitch the ninth.”

He said that Friday’s game wasn’t even the best he has pitched this season.

“No. There is no way. Not taking anything away from the Duke hitters, but I wasn’t locating my slider very well,” Gossett said. “My offspeed was hit and miss, but I was able to keep a good plan with my fastball and stay ahead in the count.”

Thomas BrittleThomas Brittle
RS Sr. Outfielder
#4 5-8, 180
Cross, SC

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led the Clemson offensive attack with a 4-for-4 effort that included an early RBI to score Jon McGibbonJon McGibbon
Jr. 1st Base
#12 6-1, 220
Lindenhurst, NY

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, two runs and two stolen bases. Steven DuggarSteven Duggar
Fr. Outfielder
#9 6-1, 185
Moore, SC

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, Garrett BoulwareGarrett Boulware
So. Catcher
#30 6-1, 210
Anderson, SC

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, and McGibbon added two hits apiece.

The Tigers took the early lead on the Brittle hit in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Steve WilkersonSteve Wilkerson
Jr. 2nd Base
#17 6-1, 195
Roswell, GA

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hit a two-out double down the left-field line and scored on Boulware’s single to left field.

The Tigers tacked on three runs on three hits and three Duke errors in the sixth inning. Brittle hit a one-out single down the right-field line and advanced to second on a Duke error. Tyler SlatonTyler Slaton
So. Outfielder
#18 5-7, 200
Cumming, GA

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reached on an infield single to advance Brittle to third, and then Jay BaumJay Baum
So. Infielder
#13 6-0, 190
Alpharetta, GA

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hit a chopper to third-baseman Jordan Betts. Betts booted the grounder as Brittle scored, then Betts’ throw to first was errant, allowing Slaton to score. Steven Duggar followed with a single through the right side to score Baum.

In the seventh inning, McGibbon laced a two-out double down the right-field line and scored on Tyler KriegerTyler Krieger
Fr. Infielder
#3 6-2, 170
Johns Creek, GA

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’s single down the right-field line.

Betts led off the top of the eighth inning with a double to left field, then Matt Berezo reached on a bunt single. Both runners moved up a base on Mark Lumpa’s sacrifice bunt, then Ryan Munger flied out to shallow center for out #2. Kenny Koplove lined an 0-2 pitch headed for centerfield, but Gossett snagged the liner for the inning-ending out.

Brittle led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to left-center and stole second. Two batters later, Baum reached with one out on an error by Koplove at short, then pinch-hitter Mike TrillerMike Triller
So. Outfielder
#35 6-2, 190
Rutland, VT

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lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Brittle.

Clemson and Duke will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:30 PM.

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