Coral Gables, FL -
Bryan Radziewski struck out 10 batters in
7.0 innings pitched to lead Miami (FL) to a 2-1 win over #12 Clemson in front of
2,588 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park on Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes, who evened the series 1-1,
improved to 26-16 overall and 9-11 in the ACC.
The Tigers, who saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end, fell to
27-12 overall and 13-7 in ACC play. It
was Clemson's first loss since April 1, when the Tigers fell at #1 North
Carolina 6-2 in a game that started on March 31.
Clemson scored a run in the second inning,
but the Hurricanes tied the score in the third inning. Miami took the lead with a run in the fifth
inning, and neither team could score again, as Miami snapped Clemson's six-game
winning streak in one-run games and six-game winning streak on the road.
Radziewski (6-1) gave up just two hits, one
run, and four walks with 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched to earn the
win. Eric Nedeljkovic pitched a
scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to record his ninth save of the
year. Miami's three pitchers combined to
hold Clemson to 1-for-13 with runners on base and 0-for-7 with runners in
scoring position while striking out 13 batters.
Tiger starter Matthew Crownover (5-1)
suffered his first collegiate loss. In
4.1 innings pitched, he allowed seven hits, two unearned runs, and one
walk. In 17.0 innings pitched in the
series, the Clemson pitching staff has yet to allow an earned run.
In the top of the second inning, Steve
Wilkerson and Steven Duggar led off with walks, then both runners moved up a
base on a wild pitch as Tyler Krieger struck out for out #1. Jon McGibbon then lofted a sacrifice fly to
left field to score Wilkerson. Kevin
Bradley followed with a blooper to shallow left field, but Tyler Palmer made a
diving catch to end the inning and save a run.
Chantz Mack led off the bottom of the
second inning with a single through the right side on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Garrett Kennedy drew a
one-out walk, then Brad Fieger loaded the bases with an infield single. But Brandon Lopez grounded into an
inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
In the third inning, Palmer laced a one-out
single to right-center and advanced to second on an error on the play. Alexander Hernandez followed with a single through
the left side to move Palmer to third, then David Thompson popped up to second
for out #2. However, Mack belted a single
through the right side to plate Palmer and tie the score 1-1.
Dale Carey led off the fifth inning with a
bunt single, advanced to second on Palmer's sacrifice bunt, and moved to third
on an error on a failed pickoff attempt.
Hernandez laced a single through the right side to score Carey and give
the Hurricanes their first lead of the series.
In the ninth inning, Krieger grounded a
two-out single through the right side, then McGibbon grounded a 1-2 pitch
through the left side for a single. But
pinch-hitter Joe Costigan grounded out to first to end the game.
Mack led the Hurricanes by going 3-for-4
with an RBI. Hernandez added two hits
and an RBI for the Hurricanes, who outhit the Tigers 8-4.
Garrett Boulware had a team-high two hits
for Clemson, while McGibbon had the Tigers' only RBI.
Clemson and Miami will play game-three of
the three-game series on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
The game will be televised by CSS
and will be available via webcast on ESPN3.