Tigers Beat Miami, Carrillo
Sitting at 33-19 on the season last May, the Clemson baseball team needed a lift entering a three-game set against the No. 4 team in the country - the Miami Hurricanes.
They got their lift, and then some.
Clemson pounded the nation's No. 1 pitcher, Ceasar Carrillo, who was previously undefeated in 34 career starts, and cruised to a 15-5 win over the ACC-leading Hurricanes.
In the fourth inning alone, the Tigers sent 15 hitters to the plate and scored 11 runs- all of them coming against a pitcher who had a career record of 24-0. In fact, Carrillo lasted a career-low 3.2 innings.
Kris Harvey drilled a two-run homer to get things started before seven more singles and three Miami errors allowed the Tigers to storm out to an 11-0 lead.
From that point on, there would be no looking back the rest of the game, or the series for the matter.
"(Before the game) we talked about how this was a good opportunity and a good challenge, and how we have our own fate in our own hands and how we've been playing well lately and how we've been playing aggressively and been playing tough and there's no sense in stopping now just because it's Miami or anybody else," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said. "This is why you come to Clemson."
Clemson starting pitcher Stephen Faris was on his game as he went seven innings, allowing just two runs, one earned and eight hits, while striking out five and walking none.
"I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a little more adrenaline pumping," Faris said afterwards.
The Tigers would go on to sweep the series with Miami before heading to the ACC Tournament in Jacksonville.
Stay tuned to CUTigers.com in the coming days as we look back on more exciting moments from the 2005 season to help get you ready for next Friday's season opener against James Madison.
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