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Pittsburgh beats No. 4 Clemson 8-4 in the first game of the doubleheader

CLEMSON, S.C. – Jack Sokol pitched 6.0 scoreless innings to lead Pittsburgh to an 8-4 victory over No. 4 Clemson on Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Panthers, who tied the series 1-1, improved to 16-20 overall and 5-15 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 31-7 overall and 12-5 in ACC play.

Sokol (4-2) earned the win by allowing just five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tiger starter Ethan Darden (5-2) suffered the loss.

Dom Popa hit a two-out, two-run single in the first inning, then Luke Cantwell had a runscoring single in the second inning. In the third inning, CJ Funk hit a runscoring double, then Josh Spiegel crushed a three-run homer. Pittsburgh extended its lead in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded walk, building an 8-0 lead.

The Tigers scored a run in the seventh inning on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Cam Cannarella. Blake Wright hit a three-run line drive, his 15th of the year, in the ninth inning.

The series concludes with the second game of the doubleheader at approximately 4:45 PM on ACC Network Extra.

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