Daniel Gossett holds down Hurricanes, Tigers extend streak

Baseball - Daniel Gossett

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Baseball - Daniel Gossett

Make that 11 wins in a row.

On the strength of ace Daniel Gossett’s right arm, No. 20 Tiger baseball stretched its season-best streak with a 1-0 victory at Miami (25-16, 8-11 ACC).

The sophomore struck out an ACC career-high 10 batters in seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks.

Back-and-forth, Gossett (6-2) and Miami left-hander Christian Diaz rung up batters and kept zeroes on the scoreboard. The two allowed just two hits each through five innings with 13 strikeouts combined.

In the sixth inning, the Tigers (27-11, 13-6) put on a leadoff runner for a second inning in a row and for only the second time in the game via Diaz’s first walk, and finally broke through when Clemson first baseman Jon McGibbon scored on a center fielder Thomas Brittle grounder.

Senior closer Scott Firth shut the door on the victory for his third save of the season, extending his scoreless-innings streak to 13 1/3 since moving to the bullpen.

Diaz took the hard-luck loss (3-3), giving up one run on four hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and the lone walk.

The decision pinned a first defeat on the Hurricanes in one-run games this season (1-7). It was Clemson’s third 1-0 victory during the winning streak, and they moved to 19-1 on the year when scoring first.

The two return to action at Alex Rodriguez Park at 1 p.m. Saturday for game two of the series.

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