The sound of silence: another Miami lefty baffles Tigers, Canes claim series, 7-0

Clemson scored just two runs in 27 innings against Hurricanes' pitching

Clemson's Steve Wilkerson bunts against Morehead State.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson's Steve Wilkerson bunts against Morehead State.

Clemson's red-hot Tigers traveled to Miami with a chance to overtake Florida State for the ACC Atlantic Division lead.

They departed Coral Gables wondering what happened to their bats, as well as their momentum.

Miami shut down Clemson's offense for the third straight game, and this time mustered enough firepower of their own for a comfortable 7-0 victory and a 2-1 series win over the Tigers, who entered Saturday's game with an 11-game winning streak and a No. 12 national ranking.

But after scoring just two runs in 27 innings, the Tigers now find themselves in bounce-back mode as they prepare for home series against Georgia Tech and Maryland.

With the loss, Clemson (27-13, 13-8) dropped a game behind N.C. State in the ACC Atlantic Division race. The Wolfpack rallied in the ninth for an 8-7 victory over Georgia Tech, completing a three-game sweep in Atlanta. Meanwhile, FSU was swept by Virginia at Charlottesville, with the Cavaliers winning 5-2 on Sunday.

Miami (27-16, 10-11) jumped on Tiger starter Clate Schmidt (3-2) for eight hits and four runs in the first 3.2 innings. Zack Erwin, Jonathan Meyer and Matt Campbell held the Hurricanes there until the eighth, when Miami added three runs on five hits off Kyle Schnell and Scott Firth.

Sophomore lefthander Andrew Suarez (3-3) went the distance for the win. He scattered six hits - three by Steve Wilkerson - and struck out five. He did not walk a batter.

Miami grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Chantz Mack and picked up two more in the second on a two-run double by Dale Carey. The Canes added a fourth run in the fourth on an RBI single by Alex Hernandez.

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