Cesar Carillo grabbed all the headlines coming into Thursday night's game, but his perfect collegiate record of 24-0 now has a blemish as Clemson cruised to 15-5 victory in the first game of a three game series. The Clemson batters pounded out 11 runs, five of them earned against Carillo. Also the Tigers had 11 hits against Carillo in 23 at bats.
Stephen Faris proved Thursday night that he has as good of stuff as anyone. He went 7.0 innings only giving up one earned run and striking out five. Chris Fidrych and Stephen Clyne pitch the final 2.0 innings to close the victory.
Both pithers cruised through the first three innings, but the Tigers we able to get to Carillo in the fourth.
Clemson opened the scoring in the fourth. Colvin singed through the left side with one out, and later stole second. After fouling off numerous pitches, Harvey hit his 19th home run of the year, a two-run shot to center. Travis Storrer then extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single to center. Widmann hit his second single of the night to left with two outs, and Casanova followed with a single to left that scored Storrer. Herman Demmink then singled to right-center, scoring Widmann and Casanova. Brad Chalk hit an infield single that advanced Demmink to third. Carrillo then had Chalk picked off of first, but Demmink broke for the plate and Danny Valencia's throw home was over the head of Eddy Rodriguez, allowing Demmink to score. Taylor Harbin reached on an error by the shortstop Tomas, which allowed Chalk to score. Colvin singled for the second time in the inning, and Harvey then beat out the throw on an infield single to load the bases. Storrer walked to score Harbin, signaling the end of the night for Carrillo. Andy D'Alessio followed with a single to right to score Harvey and Colvin, and Storrer scored on a throwing error by the rightfielder Paco Figueroa. D'Alessio improved to 6-for-8 with 18 RBIs with the bases loaded this year. Every Tiger except for Harbin had a hit in the inning, and every Tiger except for D'Alessio scored a run, as Clemson sent 15 batters to the plate in the 11-run inning. Also, every Clemson starter had a hit by the end of the fourth.
The 11-run fourth inning was the second-highest scoring inning by the Tigers in 2005. It was the fourth-highest fourth inning in Clemson history as well.
The Tigers padded their lead in the sixth inning. Harvey singled, then Jesse Ferguson had a pinch-hit walk. Following a Widman walk, Casanova singled to center, and while fielding the ball center fielder Danny Figueroa slipped allowing the ball to roll all the way to the wall. All three runners scored and Casanova advanced to third.
The Hurricanes finally got to Faris in the seventh. Katin was hit by a pitch with one out, and Tomas singled with two outs. Pinch-hitter Patrick Feeney hit a soft single to center to score Katin. Paco Figueroa followed with a single to center that scored Tomas.
In the eighth, Jay walked and was erased on Danny Valencia's fielder's choice groundout. Walter Diaz singled up the middle, and Katin hit a two-run double down the left field line. The Tigers added a run in the eighth, and Miami scored in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Harvey had a team 3 hits as he went 3 for 4, and tied D'Alessio with 2 RBIs on the night. Every starter had at least one hit for the Tigers.
There was a scary moment in the top of the seventh, when Chalk and Storrer collided going for fly ball in right center. Both players finished out the inning, but were relieved in the eighth. Both are expected to be available for game 2 tomorrow night at 7:15 pm.