Clemson Baseball: Tigers Weather Storm from Miami Hurricanes

Kevin Thomas@K_Mart10Contributor IIApril 6, 2012

The Clemson Tigers faced a big challenge this past weekend, as they hosted then-No. 7 Miami Hurricanes for a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers were up to the task though, and they were able to take two of three from the Hurricanes.

The first game of the series was highlighted by Matt Campbell and Scotty Firth coming in from the bullpen and combining to limit Miami to one hit, no runs and nine strikeouts over the 5.2 innings. The score was tied at one until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Clemson was able to take a two-run lead on a sacrifice fly by Thomas Brittle and a double by Steve Wilkerson. Campbell’s great work earned them the win, and Firth was able to record the save as the Tigers held on to the lead and won with a final score of 3-1.

The second game of the series was a pitchers’ duel as well. Dominic Leone had a stellar outing, allowing only one run in seven innings, and was able to come away with the victory. The Hurricanes’ starter, Eric Whaley, had a solid day as well, allowing only three runs in 6.2 innings. The Tigers scored first in the second inning when Tyler Slaton was able to score Spencer Kieboom on a two-out double. Miami answered back in the fourth, however, with a run of their own.

Clemson regained the lead in the seventh, thanks in part to a clutch two-out hit. Richie Shaffer, who was named ACC Baseball Player of the Week, was able to connect on a double with two outs that scored both Jason Stolz and Wilkerson. Patrick Andrews was able to shut down Miami for the final two innings, and Clemson held on for another 3-1 win.

Game three of the series was a tight contest as well. The game was tied at one until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Tigers were able to push across only one run despite having four hits and two walks in the frame. Clemson’s 2-1 lead did not last long, however, as in the top of the seventh Dale Carey came up with a two-out, two-run double that gave Miami a lead they would not relinquish. The Tigers tried to threaten in the eighth and ninth innings but were unable to score, and the Hurricanes won with a final score of 4-2.

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Clemson travels to Duke this weekend to take on the Blue Devils in another three-game series. The start times for those games are 6 pm on Friday, 2 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday.