The Clemson Tigers used another gaudy offensive performance to secure a 7-1 win over the Miami Hurricanes in Thursday’s ACC Tournament elimination game, advancing to the semifinals in Durham.
Clemson batted around in a six-run 6th inning to break open a game which had been a pitcher’s duel to that point. Drew Wharton broke the tie with a solo home run to lead off the inning, but the real damage came after two out.
Jordan Greene, who drove in the Tigers’ first run with an RBI-groundout, extended the inning with a two-out single and Logan Davidson did the same by following with a walk. Kyle Wilkie & Seth Beer drove in back-to-back runs with seeing-eye singles and Chris Williams brought them both home with an opposite-field home run, his second of the ACC Tournament and 16th on the season.
Ryan Miller secured the win in relief of Brooks Crawford, who pitched well enough to win allowing just one run over five. Miller struck out three batters, finishing the game with four scoreless innings.
Clemson lost just two series in ACC play, including one at home to the Hurricanes, in a series which featured the Tigers blowing an eight-run 9th inning lead in the opener and losing in extras.
Tigers Head Coach Monte Lee started his postgame comments by praising Miami Head Coach Jim Morris, who will retire after a 41-year coaching career. Lee also commented on how Clemson did not want to take any chances despite the big lead, and stuck with Miller for the finish:
A common characteristic of Clemson’s run of success, 19 wins in their last 21 games, has been the contagious hitting, which their players recognized postgame:
RHP Brooks Crawford, OF Drew Wharton & 1B Chris Williams
Clemson (45-13) will get Friday off and play Saturday at 5 PM against the winner of Friday night’s Pool C elimination game between Florida State and NC State. The Tigers were swept at home by NC State, and won two of three over Florida State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.