Tigers Fall To Cavaliers In Opener
The Clemson Tiger baseball team's winning streak came to an abrupt end Wednesday in the opener of the ACC Tournament. Virginia dropped Clemson 8-1. The Cavaliers used a five run eigth to break the game open. The Tigers were simply not able to convert with runners on base. Jeff Kamrath pitched 6 1/3 innings striking out six to defeat the Tigers for the second time this season.
The Tigers stranded nine runners on the day, but it was missed chances early that cost the Tigers. The Tigers left four runners on base in the first three innings. In the first, Herman Demmink and Brad Chalk led off with back-to-back infield singles. Taylor Harbin moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Colvin and Kris Harvey struck out to end the inning.
The Cavaliers got on the board first in the third inning. Kyle Werman reached on a fielding error by Stan Widman. Tim Henry moved Werman to second with a sacrifice bunt. Matt Street singled to right to score Werman. The Tigers were able to answer in the bottom of the inning. Adrian Casanova led off with a double down the right field line. Chalk singled to left, then Harbin followed with an RBI single to score Casanova. Colvin and Harvey once again were unable to do any damage ending the inning.
Virginia took lead for good in the sixth inning. Stephen Faris hit Ryan Zimmerman with a pitch to start the inning. Sean Doolittle hit a single to right that allowed Zimmerman to advance to third. Zimmerman later scored on a fielder's choice.
The wheels came off in eighth inning. Faris was pulled with one out after hitting Brendan Guyer with a pitch. Jeff Hahn came on in relief and was quickly roughed up, leaving the game without retiring a batter. Guyer stole second, and then he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hahn walked Scott Head, and then Tom Hagan hit a single to score Guyer and move Hagan to third. Mike Campagna followed with a single, scoring Head while advancing Hagan to third. Campagna advanced to second on the relay. Daniel Moskos came on for Hahn, and he was greeted by two run single by Werman. Street hit a two out single to center to score Werman, closing the five run eighth for Virginia.
The Cavaliers scored one more unearned run in the ninth to close out the scoring at 8-1.
Faris game the Tigers 7 1/3 strong innings, but he was failed by a lack of run support. Clemson 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 2-11 on the day with the team's only RBI. If the Tigers are to stay alive, Harbin, Colvin, and Harvey will have to perform better.
Clemson will play Miami at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Josh Cribb will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. Miami will likely start Dan Touchet creating a rematch from this past Saturday night.