In a week where Americans all across the country rallied together, Friday went from good to great when both suspects in the Boston bombing were gone for good. The country stayed glued to a TV or social media waiting for good news all week, and finally put the negativity behind us all. As far as Americas favorite pastime which can bring calming and healing Friday night was a beautiful night for baseball. Both starting pitchers turned in superb outings for their respective ball clubs. Chris Diaz delivered ANOTHER gem, he has been doing this all season on Friday nights. He went 8 innings allowing one run and struck out a career high 7 Clemson Tigers. Diaz's ERA now sits at 1.70; "I just go out there and have a lot of confidence. Make my pitches, keep the ball down and let my defense work". Diaz seems to enjoy pitching on Friday nights but would like to get some run support from his teammates. The Sophomore lefty came into tonight not allowing a run in his last 15 1/3 innings pitched and the Canes won both those games. Whether on the road or in Coral Gables at Mark Light Field Diaz has pitched so well and continues to get a loss or a no decision. His record this season now falls to 3-3.
No Tigers advanced past first base until the top of the 6th inning when Diaz gave up a walk and a hit to right field giving Clemson runners on the corners. The next batter hit a ground ball that allowed the runner at third to score and make it 1-0 for the guys in purple. The Canes seemed to have something brewing in the top of the eighth inning when pinch hitter Roger Gonzalez hit a slow ground ball to the shortstop and was able to beat it out for a hit. John Lawroski came into pinch run but got too far from the bag several times and was eventually picked off for the second out of the inning. That practically deflated the chances of recovering in the inning for Miami ending with a fly out to left by Tyler Palmer. David Thompson continued to swing a hot bat after returning from his shoulder injury, problem is he had 2 of the Canes 4 hits tonight.
Game notes: This was Clemsons' first time visiting Mark Light Field since 2008. Also tomorrow's game has been moved from 7PM to 1PM due to inclement weather. Radziewski (5-1, 1.11 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Miami.