The Tigers outhit North Carolina 12-6 Sunday, but fell 5-4 as the Heels swept the weekend series. Clemson stranded runners in each of the last five innings as they were unable to get the timely hits.
Scott Firth got the start for the Tigers. Firth went five innings giving up four hits, four runs and three earned runs.
Brad Miller had his best day since getting back in the order going 3-4 and picking up two RBIs. Richie Shaffer was also 3-4 while Jeff Schaus went 2-4.
Once again Clemson took an early lead. With one out in the first Jeff Schaus singled down the left field line. With two outs Richie Shaffer got an infield single advancing Schaus to third. Chris Epps singled up the middle to score Schaus. Brad Miller singled to the left to score Shaffer. After the top of the first the Tigers led 2-0.
The lead didn’t last long as the Tigers gave up three runs in the bottom of the first.
North Carolina added another run in the fifth to stretch the lead to 4-2.
In the sixth inning Richie Shaffer led off with a double down the line. Chris Epps grounded out to second advancing Shaffer to third. Brad Miller doubled down the right field line to score Shaffer. After the top of the sixth the Heels led 4-3.
Clemson rallied to tie the game in the eighth. Richie Shaffer started the inning with a single to right. Chris Epps walked advancing Shaffer to second. Brad Miller lined into a double play at first before Spencer Kieboom singled up the middle to score Shaffer. After the top of the eighth the score was tied at 4-4.
Similar to Saturday’s game the Clemson bullpen lost the game late. With two outs in the ninth the Heels got a single from Moran to score the winning run.
With the loss the Tigers fell to 14-12 overall and now stand at 4-8 in the ACC. The Tigers return to Doug Kingsmore Tuesday night at 6:30 to battle Coastal Carolina.