Brad Miller’s three-run homerun in the eighth put Clemson ahead to stay as they won the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader 8-3 over Virginia Tech. The win was the eighth in a row for the Tigers and 12th out of 13.
John Hinson was 4-5 including a two-run homerun in the third inning to give the Tiger’s their first lead. Brad Miller was 2-3 on the afternoon while Jason Stolz and Chris Epps were both 2-4. Will Lamb went hitless for the first time in 26 games.
Justin Sarratt got the start in game two Saturday. Sarratt went 6.1 innings for the Tigers giving up six hits and three earned runs. Justin threw 63 strikes on 98 pitches.
Virginia Tech took the lead when they plated one run in the second.
The Tigers fought right back to take the lead in the third. Mike Dunster singled to start the inning. John Hinson followed with a two-run homerun to right. After the top of the third Clemson led 2-1.
The Hokies tied the game in the bottom of the third as they plated one run.
Clemson jumped right back on top in the fourth. Jeff Schaus reached on a fielding error by the left fielder. Chris Epps singled to score Schaus and put the Tigers back on top 3-2.
The Tigers held the lead until the seventh inning when Virginia Tech scored a run to tie the game 3-3. The damage could have been worse as the Hokies had runners on second and third with one out. Alex Frederick came in and got a pop fly to short center before Joseph Moorefield got the final out with a strikeout.
The Tigers bounced back to regain the lead in the top of the eighth. Mike Dunster walked to start things off for Clemson. John Hinson singled advancing Dunster to second. Phil Pohl reached on a fielder’s choice. Brad Miller hit a three-run homerun, his third of the year, to right field to put the Tigers up 6-3.
Matt Campbell came in to pitch for the Tigers in the eighth.
Clemson added some insurance in the ninth. Jeff Schaus and Jason Stolz singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Chris Epps hit a single to right to score Schaus. Steve Wilkerson hit a sacrifice sly to left field to score Stolz. Chris Epps was thrown out at the plate trying to score after a John Hinson infield single. After the top of the ninth Clemson led 8-3.
The Tigers moved to 36-15 on the season overall and 15-11 in the ACC with the victory.