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Clemson Tigers inch over .500 mark with win over Miami Hurricanes

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Relievers Matt Campbell and Scott Firth combined to allow only one hit, no runs, and no walks with nine strikeouts in the final 5.2 innings to lead Clemson to a 3-1 victory over Miami at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 13-12 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. The Hurricanes fell to 20-6 overall and 7-3 in ACC play. It was the first meeting between the two since 2009.

The Tigers scored a run in the first inning, then Miami tied the score with a run in the second inning. The two teams were both scoreless during the next three frames until the sixth inning, when Clemson scored the game’s final two runs.

Meanwhile, Campbell and Firth limited a Hurricanes squad which entered the game with a .300 batting average to only one hit over the final six innings.

Campbell (1-2) established career highs for innings pitched (4.0) and strikeouts (7) to earn the win.

He gave up just one hit, no runs, and no walks. Firth recorded his first career save by tossing 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Kevin Brady, Campbell, and Firth combined for 13 strikeouts and did not allow a Hurricanes leadoff batter of an inning to reach base.

Miami starter Eric Erickson (4-3) suffered the loss. In six innings pitched, he yielded seven hits, three runs, and two walks with six strikeouts.

Steve Wilkerson led off the game for the Tigers with a single to right-center to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and moved to second on a balk. Three batters later, with Wilkerson on third base and two outs, Phil Pohl slapped an 0-2 pitch off the pitcher for an infield single to score Wilkerson.

In the second inning, Stephen Perez lined a one-out single to center and stole second. Esteban Tresgallo walked, then both runners moved up a base on a balk. Jarred Mederos drove home Perez with a groundout to second to tie the score.

After both teams squandered scoring opportunities, the Tigers broke through with two runs in the sixth inning to regain the lead.

Jon McGibbon led off with a single to left-center on an 0-2 pitch and moved to second on the play when centerfielder Dale Carey booted the ball.

McGibbon advanced to third base on Spencer Kieboom’s groundout to short. After Dominic Attanasio was hit-by-pitch, Thomas Brittle lofted a sacrifice fly to shallow right field to score McGibbon.

Clemson and Miami will play game two of the three-game series today at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live by ESPNU.

South Carolina 8, Vanderbilt 3: Christian Walker tallied his first two-homer game of his Gamecocks career, senior left-hander Michael Roth allowed just three runs in six-plus innings of work to improve to 3-0 and junior right-hander Matt Price pitched three hitless innings of relief for his first save of the year as 10th-ranked South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt in the series opener at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn.

South Carolina improved to 19-7 and 2-5 in the SEC while Vanderbilt dropped to 10-16 and 2-5 in league play. Friday’s game was played in front of a season-high 2,525 fans at Vanderbilt. Walker now leads the Gamecocks with five homers for the season.

He was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs for the evening.

Tanner English was 2-for-5 with a run scored as well. Brison Celek drove in a pair of runs.South Carolina starter Michael Roth allowed three runs on five hits in six-plus innings of work. He walked one and struck out three.

Price had five strikeouts and just one walk in three hitless innings of relief to pick up the save.

Vanderbilt starter Kevin Ziomek allowed six runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings with four walks and six strikeouts in a loss for the Commodores. He is now 2-4 for the season.

Walker’s 200th career hit was a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead. Walker roped an 0-2 pitch from Ziomek over the left-center wall.

He is the 25th player in South Carolina history with 200 or more career hits.

With a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, the Gamecocks batted around and scored five runs to increase the advantage to 6-0 against the Commodores. English led off with a bunt for a base hit and Adam Matthews followed with his own bunt single. Evan Marzilli drove in English with a RBI single up the middle.

Marzilli has reached base in all 26 games this year.

Game two of the series is scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

It will be televised live on CSS and Time Warner Cable channel 506 in South Carolina and North Carolina.