Clemson, SC – The Tigers had to put the brooms away as Miami avoided the sweep defeating Clemson 4-2 Sunday at Doug Kingsmore.
For the third time in the series Clemson got strong starting pitching. Phil Pohle went six innings and gave up only six hits, one run and one earned run with three strikeouts. Mike Kent relieved Pohle in the sixth and picked up the loss giving up two hits, two runs and two earned runs with no outs. Jonathan Meyer pitched .1 innings in the sixth giving up one hit, one run and one earned run. Scott Firth finished things off for the Tigers going 2.1 innings and giving up 3 hits and no runs.
Clemson scored two runs on seven hits. Phil Pohl went 2-3 with two RBIs. Jason Stolz also had a good day at the plate for the Tigers going 2-4.
The Tigers took an early lead in the first inning. Steve Wilkerson reached on a bunt. With one out Richie Shaffer grounded out to second advancing Wilkerson to second. Phil Pohl singled to center to score Wilkerson. After one the Tigers led 1-0.
Miami tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth.
Clemson regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth but missed could have had a lot more. Jay Baum singled to right to start the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Richie Shaffer singled to right center advancing Baum to third. Phil Pohl singled up the middle scoring Baum and advancing Shaffer to third. Shaffer was then picked off at third. Phil Pohl was caught in a run down for the second out. Spencer Kieboom walked and then Jon McGibbon walked. Jason Stolz reached on an infield single to load the bases. Dominic Attansio flied out on a 3-1 count as he swung at ball four. After six the Tigers led 2-1.
The Canes took control in the top of the seventh. Mike Kent replaced Phil Pohl to start the seventh and then gave up two singles. Jonathan Meyer came in to relieve Kent but couldn’t get the Tigers out of the inning. Miami plated three runs to take the lead 4-2.
The Tigers had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the eighth but couldn’t get any runs home. Richie Shaffer walked and then stole second. Phil Pohl walked. Spencer Kieboom popped out to first and Shaffer advanced to third on a throwing error. Jon McGibbon hit into a double play to end the threat.
Clemson fell to 14-13 with the loss and 5-7 in the ACC. The Tigers play Wintrop Tuesday night at Doug Kingsmore.