Baseball: Canes on a roll after Clemson sweep

Baseball: Canes on a roll after Clemson sweep

Coming into their series against Clemson this weekend, I thought the Hurricanes would be tested.

In one sense, that was true, as the games on Friday and Saturday night really could have gone either way. But then again, Miami swept the series, outplayed Clemson in every phase of the game, and looks like a team that might be poised to make a deep run in the postseason.

On Friday night, as has happened so often this season, we were treated to the Chris Diaz show. The Miami ace threw 7.2 innings, giving up four hits and two runs (but no earned runs) to go along with three walks and five strikeouts. The win takes his record to 7-0.

Clemson's Matthew Crownover was very good in his own right, giving up just three runs over seven innings, but with Diaz dealing, that was enough to hand him a loss.

Bryan Garcia came on to get the last four outs of the game to get his 12th save of the season.

Offensively, every Miami starter had at least one base hit. Ricky Eusebio was the only player to have multiple hits and he had three of them. In the top of the ninth inning, the Hurricanes added on two insurance runs thanks to a two-run home run by Zach Collins, his seventh home run of the season.

On Saturday night, things were even tighter, and both starting pitchers were even better, if you can believe that.

Miami got a fantastic start out of Andrew Suarez, who threw nine innings, giving up eight hits and one run with seven strikeouts and no walks. Clemson's Daniel Gossett matched him, throwing nine innings, giving up seven hits and one run with four walks and 13 strikeouts.

It came down to a battle of the bullpens, and the Hurricanes were able to plate two runs in the top of the 12th inning off of Drew Moyer, who Clemson probably stretched a little too far in trying to get a third scoreless inning out of him.

The Hurricanes used a committee approach to finish off the game. Cooper Hammond, Thomas Woodrey, and Bryan Garcia all worked single innings. Although he gave up a run in the bottom half of the 12th, Garcia's inning gave him his 13th save.

On Sunday, the Hurricanes left no doubt and blew the Tigers off the field by the score of 10-2.

The Miami offensive attack was relentless. They tallied 16 hits, all singles. Six players had multiple hits, led by Zach Collins, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Alex Hernandez, who went 4-for-5 with two RBI of his own. Brandon Lopez also reached all five times he stepped up to the plate, with two singles and three walks.

They didn't need him to be with all of the runs they scored, but Bryan Radziewski was fantastic as well. He threw six innings, giving up four hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out nine. The win pushes his record to 4-2.

The Hurricanes will take the week off from midweek games before hosting Alabama State this coming weekend in a non-conference series.

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