It was an early wake up call for the Tigers this morning, but they came out with a purpose. Clemson jumped on Miami early with four runs in the second inning, and then cruised to a 9-1 victory behind a masterful pitching effort from Josh Cribb.
Cribb lives to be put in the big situations, and he shined brightly today. Cribb pitched a complete game only facing 31 batters from Miami. Cribb had eight strikeouts and no walks.
Kris Harvey was hit by a pitch with one out in the second inning. Travis Storrer followed with a double to left center, advancing Harvey to third. Stan Widman walked to load the bases. Miami's pitcher Dan Touchet was unable to find his control, as he walked Adrian Casanova to score a run. Herman Demmink continued the scoring with a two run single to plate Storrer and Widman. Brad Chalk followed with another beautiful bunt down the first base line to score Casanova.
Widman continued his strong tournament performance in the fourth inning. Andy D'Alessio reached base on an infield single. Widman hit a two-run homer over the left field wall to put the Tigers up 6-0.
Cribb had faced the minimum up until the seventh, when Eddy Rodriguez hit a home run over the right field wall to put the canes on the board.
Tyler Colvin got going in the seventh inning with a double down the right field line. Colvin advanced to third on a wild pitch. Harvey delivered another double to score Colvin.
Miami's closer Chris Perez hit Casanova with a pitch to lead off the eighth. Demmink doubled down the right field line advancing Casanova to third. Following a ground out by Chalk, Taylor Harbin singled to score Casanova. Demmink advanced to third on the single, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Colvin to end the scoring for the Tigers.
The bottom of the line up carried the Tigers as the 7-8-9 hitters went 5 for 9 with 3 RBIs and five runs scored.
The Tigers will play Friday at 4 pm against the loser of today's matchup between NC State and Virginia. Robert Rohrbaugh is the probable starter for the Tigers.