Coral Gables, FL -
Andrew Suarez pitched a six-hit shutout to
lead Miami (FL) to a 7-0 win over #12 Clemson in front of 2,793 fans at Alex
Rodriguez Park on Sunday afternoon. The
Hurricanes, who won the series 2-1, improved to 27-16 overall and 10-11 in the
ACC. The Tigers fell to 27-13 overall
and 13-8 in ACC play.
Suarez (3-3) earned the win by yielding just
six singles, no runs, and no walks with five strikeouts in 9.0 innings
pitched. Suarez, who threw 109 pitches, allowed
no runners past second base and only one runner past first base, as that runner
did so on a passed ball. It was the
longest outing of Suarez's career as well.
Clate Schmidt (3-2), the first of six Tiger
hurlers, suffered the loss. He gave up
eight hits, four runs, and one walk in 3.2 innings pitched.
In the first inning, Alexander Hernandez
grounded a one-out single through the left side and scored two batters later on
Chantz Mack's two-out double to left-center.
It was the first extra-base hit in the series by either team.
The Hurricanes added to their lead in the
second inning. Garrett Kennedy led off
with a single to right-center and Brad Fieger walked. After both runners moved up a base on Brandon
Lopez's sacrifice bunt, Dale Carey ripped a double over the third-base bag to
score Kennedy and Fieger.
In the fourth inning, Lopez reached on an
infield single with one out. Two batters
later with two outs, Tyler Palmer singled through the left side, then Hernandez
lined a single to center to score Lopez.
Miami added three insurance runs in the
eighth inning. Kennedy led off with a single
up the middle and Chris Barr flared a single to center. Scott Firth booted Lopez's sacrifice bunt to
load the bases with no outs, then Carey reached on a fielder's choice to second
as Kennedy scored and Lopez was retired at second. Pinch-hitter Roger Gonzalez laced a double to
right field to score Barr before Carey was thrown out at the plate. Hernandez followed with a two-out single up
the middle to score Gonzalez.
Hernandez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to
lead the Hurricanes, who outhit Clemson 13-6.
Kennedy added two hits and two runs, while Carey had a game-high three
RBIs. For the second game in a row,
Miami did not strike out as well.
Steve Wilkerson led the Tigers with three
Clemson will host Western Carolina at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.