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Ben Blackwell Helps Clemson Rediscover Its Mojo

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Monte Lee had a conversation with his leadoff hitter Benjamin Blackwell Sunday just before Clemson took the field at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Lee wanted Blackwell to be aggressive in the strike zone, particularly on the first pitch.

Blackwell took that conversation to heart. The first strike he saw… Nay, the first pitch he saw — a 95 mph fastball from Miami righthander Alex McFarlane that ran over the inner half — Blackwell turned on it. He got the bat head out in front and launched a tater into the left field stands to give Clemson its first[…]

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