Clemson Tigers 9, Miami Hurricanes 1


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It took one swing for Herman Demmink to undo all the bad karma flowing through the Clemson dugout Thursday morning.



Demmink's two-out, two-run single highlighted a four-run second inning, and paced Clemson to a 9-1 victory over Miami in a loser's bracket game in the ACC Baseball Tournament in Jacksonville. The win allows the Tigers (38-20) to hang around at least one more day, while the Hurricanes packed quickly and headed back to South Florida.



"I was real pleased with how we responded after yesterday's loss," said Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. "We didn't get the rhythm going yesterday that we've had for the last half of the season, but today - as a team - that's how we've been playing."



Demmink's hit followed a two-out, bases-loaded walk to ninth place hitter Adrian Casanova by Miami starter Dan Touchet (3-5), and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.



Increasing the early lead was important, to be sure. But the meaningfulness of Demmink's hit was magnified by what happened a day earlier, when the Tigers had numerous opportunities to score early runs against Virginia but couldn't convert.



"That was a big hit from Demmink," said Leggett. "We got some other big hits along the way that allowed base runners to reach base and put pressure on (Miami). We played real well last time we saw them, so I think that helped our confidence and put us in a much better position."



Brad Chalk drove in Casanova with the fourth run on a perfectly placed bunt on the first base side.



The early uprising was more than enough for Clemson righty Josh Cribb, who fired a six-hit shutout for his second complete game of the season. Cribb struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, and only once - in the ninth inning - did he allow more than one base runner in an inning.



Cribb lost his shutout when Eddy Rodriguez hit an opposite-field home run to right in the sixth. But it proved to be the only major mistake the junior would make all afternoon.



"(Wednesday's loss) took a toll on us," said Cribb. "Coach Leggett talked to us a lot, and we came out and played a decent game...I just had to come out and make the pitches I'm supposed to make."



Clemson added two runs in the fourth inning on Stan Widmann's fourth home run of the season. Kris Harvey doubled in another run in the seventh, while Taylor Harbin and Tyler Colvin added the finishing touches with RBIs in the eighth.



The Tigers will face the #6 N.C. State today at 4 p.m.



Meanwhile, Miami is two-and-out in the tournament, and some team officials were concerned that the early exit ended any chances the Hurricanes had of hosting an NCAA Regional next weekend.



Those regional sites will be announced Sunday, with the field of 64 following on Monday.


Miami 1 (38-17-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Paco Figueroa rf/2b......  4  0  0  0   0  1  4  0   0
Danny Figueroa cf........  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
Ryan Braun 3b............  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  3   0
Jon Jay lf...............  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  0   2
Danny Valencia 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  1  5  2   1
 Chris Perez p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Brendan Katin dh/rf......  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  0   0
Roger Tomas 2b...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
 Alex Garabedian ph/1b...  1  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   0
Eddy Rodriguez c.........  3  1  1  1   0  0  4  0   0
Walter Diaz ss...........  3  0  1  0   0  1  0  1   0
Dan Touchet p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Brandon Camardese p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
 Andrew Lane p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 John McLean p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 31  1  6  1   0  8 24  8   3

Clemson 9 (38-20)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Herman Demmink 3b........  5  1  3  2   0  0  0  2   0
Brad Chalk cf............  4  0  2  1   1  0  2  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  5  0  2  1   0  0  2  4   4
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  1  1  1   0  0  1  0   2
Kris Harvey dh...........  4  1  1  1   0  1  0  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  4  1  1  0   0  1  2  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  1  1  0   0  2 11  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  3  2  1  2   1  0  1  3   1
Adrian Casanova c........  2  2  0  1   1  0  8  1   0
Josh Cribb p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 35  9 12  9   3  4 27 11   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Miami............... 000 001 000 -  1  6  0
Clemson............. 040 200 12X -  9 12  1
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E - WIDMANN(20). DP - CU 1. LOB - UM 3; CU 8. 2B - DEMMINK(16); 
COLVIN(22); HARVEY(9); STORRER(14). HR - Rodriguez, E(7); W
IDMANN(4). HBP - HARVEY; CASANOVA. SF - COLVIN(4). 
CS - Katin, B(2).

Miami                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Dan Touchet.........  3.0  5  6  6  2  3 14 17
Brandon Camardese...  3.0  5  1  1  1  1 14 15
Andrew Lane.........  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  2  2
John McLean.........  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1
Chris Perez.........  1.0  2  2  2  0  0  4  6

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Josh Cribb..........  9.0  6  1  1  0  8 31 31

Win - CRIBB (7-4).  Loss - Touchet, D (3-5).  Save - None.
WP - Camardese, B(3). HBP - by Touchet, D (HARVEY); 
by Perez, C (CASANOVA).
Umpires - HP: Tim Clougherty  1B: Scott Graham  2B: Steven Manders  
3B: Tony Maners  Start: 10:00 am   Time: 2:15   Attendance:
Game notes:
ID-345451
Touchet, D faced 2 batters in the 4th.
Camardese, B faced 2 batters in the 7th.

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