Clemson's 11-game winning streak ends with 2-1 loss to Miami

Tigers manage just two hits off Canes' starter Bryan Radziewski, threaten in 9th, but strand tying run at second

Clemson's Garrett Boulware hits a home run against Wake Forest pitcher Matt Pirro during the first inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Garrett Boulware hits a home run against Wake Forest pitcher Matt Pirro during the first inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Clemson's Tigers hoped for a glimmer of daylight when they saw the last of Miami lefty Bryan Radziewski's sinking curveball after seven innings.

But Hurricane relievers A.J. Salcines and Eric Nedeljkovic dished up more of the same, and the Tigers' 11-game winning streak came to an end with a 2-1 loss on a balmy afternoon at Coral Gables.

Miami's three pitchers accounted for nearly half the game's outs on strikeouts and the Canes, with the help of some shaky Clemson defense, scratched out just enough offense to even the series.

The teams will play again on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The game was a missed opportunity for the Tigers (27-12, 13-7), who trail Florida State by a game in the ACC Atlantic. The fifth-ranked Seminoles lost to No. 7 Virginia 9-2 in the opening game of their doubleheader Saturday at Charlottesville, but maintained their narrow edge over the Tigers and N.C. State.

Freshman Matthew Crownover (5-1) took the first loss of his career, despite not allowing an earned run. Radziewski (6-1) allowed just two hits - both singles by Garrett Boulware - in his seven innings, and was the winning pitcher for the Hurricanes (26-16, 9-11).

Clemson jumped on top 1-0 in the second by scoring a run without a hit. Radziewski walked Steve Wilkerson and Steven Duggar to lead off the inning, and then had both runners advance on a wild pitch. With one out, Wilkerson scored on Jon McGibbon's sacrifice fly to left.

The Hurricanes, who had failed to take advantage of an error by shortstop Tyler Krieger when Clemson turned a double play in the first inning, evened the score with a run in the third.

Tyler Palmer ended up on second base when Duggar misplayed a ball in right field, and then scored on a single by Chanz Mack.

The Hurricanes moved ahead with a run in the fifth, aided by another Clemson error. Dale Carey reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a sacrifice, and then to third when Crownover threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt. Alex Hernandez followed by singling in the go-ahead run.

Jonathan Meyer came on to pitch for the Tigers with one out in the inning and got a double-play ball to end the inning. He and Patrick Andrews held the Hurricanes at bay the rest of the way, working 3.2 innings and allowing just one hit.

The Tigers, however, mustered no offense against Radziewski or Salcines, who put Clemson down in order in the eighth. Nedeljkovic, Miami's closer, struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth, before Clemson mounted a final threat on back-to-back singles by Krieger and McGibbon. The game ended when pinch hitter Joe Costigan grounded out to first, however. Nedeljkovic recorded his ninth save of the season.

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