Clemson swept the ACC Baseball weekly honors for the period of April 25-May 1, as Tigers shortstop Brad Miller was named the conference’s Player of the Week and Justin Sarratt was cited as the Pitcher of the Week.
Miller, a junior from Windermere, Fla., batted .588 with an .882 slugging percentage and a .650 on-base percentage to lead Clemson to four wins in five games this past week. He was 10-for-17 with two doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, six runs, three walks, and two stolen bases. In Wednesday’s game at Western Carolina and Friday’s game against No. 9 Georgia Tech, Miller combined to go 7-for-7 with two walks, meaning he reached base in nine straight plate appearances.
In the three-game series against the top-10 Yellow Jackets, Miller was 5-for-10 to lead the Tigers to two wins. On the season, he leads the ACC in batting average (.437) by 37 points and on-base percentage (.535) by 53 points along with totaling eight doubles, three triples, two homers and 32 RBIs. Miller has scored 37 runs with 28 walks, and 18 stolen bases in 37 games (35 starts).
Sarratt, a graduate student from Gaffney, S.C., earned two wins in two starts and did not allow an earned run in 14.1 innings pitched. He picked up wins over Furman and No. 9 Georgia Tech by combining to allow just seven hits (all singles), a .140 opponents’ batting average, one unearned run and two walks with 11 strikeouts. Remarkably, in the 14.1 innings pitched during the week, Sarratt allowed only one runner to advance past second base – and that runner was safe at second base due to a fielding error on what could have been an inning-ending double play.
Against Furman on Tuesday, Sarratt tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just four singles and no walks with five strikeouts in Clemson’s 5-0 win. He did not allow a Paladin to advance past second base and allowed just two Paladins to advance past first base. In his first ACC start of the season vs. Georgia Tech on Sunday, Sarratt shut down a Yellow Jacket team that entered the series leading the ACC with a .316 batting average. On Senior Day at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Sarratt pitched a career-long 8.1 innings to earn the win. He allowed just three singles, no earned runs, and two walks with six strikeouts. On the season, Sarratt is 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts against only six walks in 52.1 innings pitched over 13 appearances (eight starts).