Eleven-Run Fourth Inning Leads Tigers to 15-5 Win Over #4 Miami


by - Correspondent -
    |

CLEMSON - Much like Shakespeare's Mark Antony, Clemson came into Thursday night hoping to bury Caesar - or in this case, Cesar. Unlike more than 30 others before them, though, the Tigers actually succeeded.


Clemson exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning against Miami starter Cesar Carrillo en route to a 15-5 rout of the fourth-ranked Hurricanes. The game was played before an announced crowd of 4,117 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.


The win not only ended Carrillo's season (12) and career (24) winning streak, it kept alive Clemson's hopes of finishing as high as second inside the ACC. At 19-9 in the league (35-19 overall), the Tigers are now just a half-game behind the Hurricanes (38-13-1, 19-8-1) with two games remaining in this series.


"You try to look at it as just another game," said Clemson winning pitcher Stephen Faris. "Yeah, going against a team like Miami and a pitcher like (Carrillo) you get a little more excited, but we always play with a lot of heart and guts. That's the kind of team we are."



Clemson sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, 13 against Carrillo. All 11 runs scored were charged to the junior righthander (five earned), who allowed nine hits in that inning alone.


Kris Harvey's two-run homer started the onslaught. He, Herman Demmink, Andy D'Alessio all had two RBIs in the frame. Harvey and Tyler Colvin each had two hits in the inning.


Miami contributed to the cause defensively, committing three errors


By the time it was over Carrillo had suffered his first career loss in 31 starts, allowed the most runs (11) and hits (11) ever in one of his starts, and the 3 2/3 innings he lasted were the fewest ever for the junior as a starter.


It was also the first loss ever for Miami in any appearance by Carrillo (35 total) over the last two seasons.


"(Carrillo) had a really good inning the inning before," said Tigers' head coach Jack Leggett. "I thought maybe he had found his rhythm. But Harvey's home run seemed to break the ice, and we had a bunch of really good at-bats the rest of the inning.


"Coach Morris gave (Carrillo) every opportunity to work out of the inning, and rightly so. But we looked at this as a challenge tonight, and we took the right approach to both the pitcher and the game."


While most of the pregame attention was on Carrillo, it proved to be Faris who stole the mound show.


The sophomore righthander pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) while scattering eight hits and walking none. Faris improved to 6-3 on the season, and won his second consecutive start at the top of Clemson's weekend rotation.


"I knew it was going to be a battle between him and me," Faris said of pitching opposite Carrillo. "I knew if we were able to get a couple of runs I'd have to make them stand up. But the guys swung the bats well again tonight and it made my job that much easier."


Clemson added three runs in the sixth inning when, with the bases loaded, Adrian Casanova's line drive to center field was misplayed by Paco Figueroa into a single and a two-base error. All three runners scored on the play to make it 14-0.


The Hurricanes scored twice in the seventh off Faris, twice in the eighth off lefty Chris Fidrych and once in the ninth against Stephen Clyne.


Clemson's final run came in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI groundout by Ben Hall.


Clemson barely averted a medical disaster in the sixth inning, centerfielder Brad Chalk and rightfielder Travis Storrer sliding into one another full speed in pursuit of a ball hit Miami's Ryan Braun. Chalk managed to catch the ball before the collision, then - from his knees - return the ball to the infield before falling back to the turf.


According to team officials, Storrer suffered a bruised leg while Chalk bruised a knee and had the wind knocked out of him. Both were down for nearly five minutes in right-center field, but each eventually came around and finished the inning.


Both were pulled from the game later as a precautionary measure, but are expected to be in tonight's lineup.


Game Two of the series is set for 7:15 this evening. Clemson's Josh Cribb (5-4, 3.91) will oppose Miami's Dan touchet (3-3, 5.59).


Miami (FL) 5 (38-13-1,19-8-1 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Danny Figueroa cf........  3  0  1  0   0  2  0  0   1
 Patrick Feeney ph/rf....  2  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Paco Figueroa rf/cf......  3  1  1  1   1  1  2  0   0
Ryan Braun 3b............  5  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   2
Jon Jay lf...............  4  0  2  1   1  0  1  0   0
Danny Valencia 1b........  5  1  1  0   0  0  9  2   3
Walter Diaz 2b/ss........  4  1  1  0   0  0  0  4   0
Brendan Katin dh.........  3  1  2  2   0  0  0  0   0
Eddy Rodriguez c.........  2  0  0  0   0  1  5  1   0
 Alex Garabedian c.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  5  0   0
Roger Tomas ss/2b........  4  1  2  0   0  0  0  2   3
Cesar Carrillo p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
 Manny Miguelez p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Vince Bongiovanni p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Scott Maine p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 37  5 11  5   2  5 24 13   9

Clemson 15 (35-19,19-9 ACC)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Herman Demmink 3b........  5  1  1  2   0  2  0  1   1
 Jorge Andrade, Jr. 3b...  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
Brad Chalk cf............  3  1  1  0   1  0  2  0   1
 David Williams cf.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  1  1  0   0  2  4  2   1
 Daniel Pritchard ph/2b..  1  0  1  0   0  0  2  0   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  5  2  2  0   0  2  0  0   1
Kris Harvey dh...........  4  3  3  2   0  0  0  0   0
 John Ingram ph/dh.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  2  2  1  1   1  0  2  0   0
 Jesse Ferguson ph/rf....  1  2  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  1  2   0  1  7  0   0
 Ben Hall ph/1b..........  1  0  0  1   0  0  1  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  3  2  2  0   1  1  2  4   1
 Tanner Leggett ss.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Adrian Casanova c........  4  1  2  3   0  0  5  1   0
 Gene Pierce c...........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Stephen Faris p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Chris Fidrych p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Stephen Clyne p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 41 15 15 11   4 10 27 12   6

Score by Innings                       R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Miami (FL).......... 000 0   00 221 -  5 11  6
Clemson............. 000 (11)03 01X - 15 15  2
----------------------------------------------

E - D. FIGUEROA(2); P. FIGUEROA(3); BRAUN(15); 
VALENCIA(10); TOMAS 2(17); WILLIAMS(1); HARBIN(6). 
DP - Clemson 1. LOB - Miami (FL) 9; Clemson 6. 
2B - JAY(16); KATIN(13). HR - HARVEY(19). 
HBP - P. FIGUEROA; KATIN. SB - COLVIN(11). 
CS - P. FIGUEROA(6).

Miami (FL)             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Cesar Carrillo......  3.2 11 11  5  1  2 23 24
Manny Miguelez......  1.1  1  0  0  1  3  5  6
Vince Bongiovanni...  0.2  2  3  2  2  1  4  6
Scott Maine.........  2.1  1  1  0  0  4  9  9

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Stephen Faris.......  7.0  8  2  1  0  5 28 30
Chris Fidrych.......  1.0  2  2  2  1  0  5  6
Stephen Clyne.......  1.0  1  1  1  1  0  4  5

Win - FARIS (6-3).  Loss - CARRILLO (12-1).  Save - None.
WP - BONGIOVANNI(6). HBP - by FARIS (P. FIGUEROA); 
by FARIS (KATIN). Umpires - HP: Scott Graham  
1B: Paul Guillie  3B: Randy Harvey
Start: 7:16   Time: 2:58   Attendance: 4117

Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

Rate this Story:
24 votes

Send Feedback to Dan Scott: Email | Comment
    |
Loading...

Steve Spurrier says Clemson should be ranked No. 1 ahead of Alabama

Clemson DE out for the season

Former Clemson OL Hairston out for season

Rudolph out for the season, Swinney looks for freshmen to step up

Clemson offers 2018 Auburn WR commit

WATCH: Swinney talks injuries, more after Wednesday practice

Venables says Saturday sets up to be a bloody nose kind of day

Photos: Clemson vs. Louisville - 2

Herbstreit: 'Frightening' defense has Clemson as Playoff favorite
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest