By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007
Wow. Miami scored a run in the top of the 13th, but Clemson countered with two in the bottom of the inning to win it, 5-4. The winner came on a suicide squeeze.
Roger Tomas led off the top of the 13th with a double to the left-center gap. He moved to third on a very costly passed ball, then easily scored the tie-breaker on Yonder Alonso's sac fly. About that time, showers moved for a few minutes in and cleared out much of the stands, with many in attendance being Florida State fans who had come for the Noles' scheduled 7 pm start.
John Housey took the mound in the bottom of the 13th for his second inning of work, and Clemson made it interesting. Doug Hogan led off with a single, the Tigers’ first hit since the 7th, and after a foul-out, stole second. The throw sailed into center, but fortunately for those who wanted this game to end, Hogan was unable to regain his balance quickly enough to advance to third. After a walk, JD Burgess bounced a single right over Alonso's head at first to score Hogan with the tying run.
I mentioned in the preview that the teams earlier in the day had mentioned how hard the infield was. Well, it came into play on that one.
After an intentional walk to load the bases, Jim Morris went to the bullpen... er, I mean to right field, where Dennis Raben had been playing. On a 1-0 pitch, Alex Lee laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to win it.
Alan Farina got the win. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowed only one hit and an unearned run, and struck out six.
Miami had 11 hits on the game, two each by the usual suspects (Jemile Weeks, Roger Tomas, and Alonso) and also two by Mark Sobolewski.
Clemson has 12 hits, two each by Andy D’Alessio, Marquez Smith, and JD Burgess.
Time of game: 3 hours, 57 minutes.
Florida State and Wake Forest should start a little after 10pm.
I'll be dead before that game is over.
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:16 PM on May 23, 2007