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Tigers Fail to Sweep Lowly Terps

On the week, the Tigers hit .335 with a .535 slugging percentage and .435 on-base percentage. Brad Miller returned to SS in midweek and went 14-for-21 (.667) with two doubles, two triples, seven RBIs, eight runs, two walks, and four steals while not committing an error in 28 chances at shortstop over five games. Only 2 errors for the week from the team. That is quite encouraging, but we all know the errorless streak is not going to last with him. Lamb went 6/10 for the week, and Shaffer 9/23 with 3 doubles.

Clemson outhit the Terrapins .347 to .213 and totaled eight doubles, four triples, one homer, 19 walks, and seven steals. Miller went 10-for-13 (.769) with two doubles, two triples, six RBIs, five runs, and two steals. Shaffer went 6-for-13 with two doubles, four RBIs, and three runs, Hinson went 4-for-11 with four steals, and Schaus added three hits, six runs, and six walks. The Tiger pitching staff had a 3.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts against 12 walks

Friday's game was encouraging for us. The Terps sent out their best starter, with a 2.15 ERA, and we smacked him around pretty soundly in a 12-3 win. Carroll went 3IP and gave up 6 runs.

Most of that was due to Brad Miller's hitting. Miller led off the game with a single and scored later on a single from Lamb in the 5-run first inning. Brad finished a HR away from the cycle, and scored on his triple due to a throwing error. Altogether we totaled 13 hits against the weak MD staff, with 2 doubles and 3 triples.

Dominic Leone started and pitched well into the 5th before things got away from him and Jack pulled him out. I would've left him in at that point. He mixed his pitches fairly well and his fastball looked better. He finished with 4 2/3, 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and 6 Ks. One of the runs would've been unearned if not for the walk, thanks to (another) Jason Stolz error (his 9th) that let a run score. Jon Meyer took over and pitched the last 4 1/3 innings, giving up just 2 hits.

Hinson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Lamb went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs. Miller ended up 3-for-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI.

On Saturday Scott Firth and David Haselden combined to 3-hit the Turtles 7-0. Firth (3-0) earned the win by tossing 6.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He also yielded four walks with five strikeouts. Haselden got his second save of the year by pitching 3.0 innings of one-hit ball. He did not walk anybody and struck out three.

Miller went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and a walk to lead Clemson, who had 13 hits in the game. Shaffer went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Pohl went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. Lamb added two hits and Schaus went 1-for-2 with two runs and three walks.

Clemson failed to get the needed sweep after Maryland's Mike Montville hit an RBI single in the 9th off of Freddy to win 7-6. Will Lamb started and looked lost. If he's not going to work on pitching this offseason as much, then he should not be used as a starter in spring. Jack should relegate him to closing games out or situational relief vs left-handers. Recall MD is not a good-hitting team, they're actually pretty shitty.

After Lamb was pulled, Weismann came in (pitched in midweek), and also got beat around. Frederick actually pitched well with 4 innings and just one run allowed, but it was unfortunately the winning run he allowed. Jack should've pulled him and didn't.

Maryland's starter did not fare so well either, but as we mentioned in the preview, Korey Wacker is a solid closer. He pitched the final 4 innings to get the win and held us at bay despite walking 4 Tigers. Clemson left 9 runners on base. Wacker struck out Miller with runners on in the 9th, and that pretty much nailed it. At least Brad swung at the pitches.

This weekend Boston College is up. BC is a gritty team and plays above the talent level in my opinion. Clemson needs a sweep to get back to .500 in ACC play.