Garrett Boulware's walk-off single lifts Tigers past 12th-ranked Cavaliers

Clemson snaps 9-game losing streak against Cavs, goes for series victory at 1 p.m. on Sunday

Clemson's Garrett Boulware, right, hits a game-winning bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Virginia 7-6 in their NCAA college baseball game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson's Garrett Boulware, right, hits a game-winning bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Virginia 7-6 in their NCAA college baseball game at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

It came down to one play, one pitch, again.

This time, it was Clemson's turn to triumph.

Garrett Boulware's bases-loaded, two-out single in the bottom of the 9th inning chased home Thomas Brittle with the winning run, as Clemson scrapped its way to 7-6 victory over 12th-ranked Virginia Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Clemson victory snapped a nine-game series winning streak for the Cavalier - a skein that included five one-run decisions.

On Saturday, the Tigers followed a familiar pattern, as they jumped on top only to have Virginia rally, tie, and send the game into walk-off territory.

Unlike last night, however, Clemson's relief pitching got the job done late, as freshman Zach Erwin put down the Cavaliers in the top of the ninth, and set the stage for the Tigers' decisive ninth-inning surge.

The victory boosted Clemson's record to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the ACC, and set up a series-deciding, 1 p.m. match on Sunday. Virginia fell to 16-2 and 3-2 in league play.

"It was a great feeling," said Boulware, who also had a home run and a triple Saturday night. "We had something going last night and just couldn't finish it. I was just doing everything I could to get the ball on the ground. We didn't want to go to extra innings again.

"It was a battle. I was really glad to get it done tonight."

Clemson 7, UVa 6 wrap-up

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"Garrett was really seeing the ball well tonight," said Clemson coach Jack Leggett. "We're young, but we came back tonight and tried to finish it."

Leggett said that the Cavaliers "are a good baseball team - very well coached, very solid. They've got good pitching, play good defense and they don't hurt themselves.

"We were fortunate tonight because we got some big hits and played good defense. Still, they kept battling back.

"Once they got it to 6-6, we still felt like we had the upper hand. We didn't want to let it get to 7-6. They had that opportunity, but we didn't let it happen."

Freshman Zach Erwin was the winning pitcher for the Tigers, as he worked five innings and allowed the Cavaliers just one hit.

Clemson outhit the Cavaliers 11-9, led by Boulware's three hits. Thomas Brittle, Steven Dugar and Steve Wilkerson had two hits each.

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