Miami improved to 24-2 overall and 10-1 in the ACC. Clemson fell to 18-11 overall, 6-7 in ACC play.
Reliever Kyle Bellamy (4-0) earned the win by pitching 2.1 hitless and
scoreless innings with five strikeouts. In 6.2 innings pitched, starter
Chris Hernandez allowed seven hits, four runs, and one walk with a
career-high 11 strikeouts. Reliever Matt Vaughn (0-1) suffered the loss.
The Tigers wasted little time jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first
inning. Mike Freeman drew a leadoff walk on four pitches and moved to
second two batters later on Doug Hogan's single up the middle. Ben Paulsen
followed with a double off the wall down the left-field line to score
Freeman. Then, Kyle Parker's groundout to second plated Hogan.
In the second inning, Miami went from two runs down to two runs up thanks
to four consecutive hits. Dave DiNatale hit a one-out single up the middle
and advanced to third on Yasmani Grandal's single through the right
side. Ryan Perry, making just his third start of the year due to Jemile
Weeks not starting for breaking a team rule, followed with a single through
the left side to score DiNatale. Blake Tekotte then gave the Hurricanes a
4-2 lead when he hit a three-run homer to right-center, his third of the
Clemson cut the Hurricanes' lead in half in the fifth inning. Matt Sanders
hit a leadoff double to right-center. After the next two Tigers were
retired, Stan Widmann laced a double down the left-field line to score Sanders.
The following frame, Paulsen led off with a towering home run to
right-center, his ninth of the season, to tie the score.
After neither team scored in the seventh and eighth innings, Ryan Jackson
hit a one-out single in the ninth inning. Alonso followed with a two-run
homer to right field to send the Hurricanes to their 11th win in a row.
Jackson was the only Hurricane to total two hits in the game, as Miami had
10 hits on the night. Tekotte added three RBIs on his long ball. Five of
Miami's six runs came on home runs, as the Hurricanes scored their runs in
two different innings.
Paulsen registered a double, homer, and two RBIs for the Tigers, who
totaled seven hits in the game. Four of the seven hits went for extra bases.
Clemson and Miami will play game-two of the three-game series on Saturday
at 7:00 PM.
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