Staunch pitching and timely hitting led no. 23 Miami to a series clinching win over no. 15 Clemson 4-1, marking the fourth straight loss for the Tigers. Three Hurricane pitchers combined to allow only four hits to the Tigers, as Miami improves to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the ACC, while Clemson drops to 14-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.
The difference in the game was how each team fared with runners in scoring position, as Miami went 2-4 in such situations while Clemson went 0-6. Hurricane starting pitcher Karson Ligon (3-1) allowed just 3 hits and 1 unearned run, to go along with 3 strikeouts and 4 walks in 5.1 innings pitched. But, most importantly, he got Clemson batters out when it mattered most. The Tigers stranded nine runners, and could not find those same timely hits that led to much of their success as they started the season a program best 14-0. Clemson starter Nick Hoffmann (3-1) took the loss, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits, with 6 strikeouts to go along with no walks over 5.2 innings pitched.
Miami opened the scoring with a solo homer by Jacob Burke in the second inning before the Tigers tied the game during a wild sequence where a throwing error on an attempted steal led to an unearned run for Clemson in the fourth. A calamity of errors took place for the Tigers in the sixth, allowing Miami to take a 2-1 lead when Burke reached base for Miami after a two-out hit by pitch, later scoring on a wild pitch. Another clutch two-out at bat for the Hurricanes in the seventh led to a Maxwell Romero 2-run HR, providing the final runs.
Game 3 of the series will be Sunday at 1 pm in Doug Kingsmore Stadium.