2007 ACC Baseball Championship: Clemson Edges Past Hurricanes, 5-4, in 13 Inning Affair
May 23, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Clemson reserve outfielder Alex Lee executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Addison Johnson from third base with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning in the Tigers' 5-4 win over Miami Wednesday in the first of two evening games of the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament.
Clemson (37-20, 18-12) scored its first run of the inning on a J.D. Burgess grounder that bounced over the first baseman's head to bring home Doug Hogan. After an intentional walk to Brad Chalk to load the bases, Lee, inserted in the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-runner, pushed the one-out bunt single past Miami third baseman Roger Tomas as Johnson scored the winning run without a play at the plate.
The Tigers needed two runs to win it as Miami (35-21, 17-13) scored in the top of the inning on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice fly to centerfield. Tomas had led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Alonso's fly out.
The game tied for the third longest in ACC Tournament history, topped only by a pair of 14-inning games in 1974 and 1986.
Miami jumped to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with Tomas' double and a single by Jemile Weeks bringing home the runs. Weeks' RBI-single in the fifth inning made it 3-0.
Clemson got on the board in the fifth when Chalk's double produced a run. The Tigers then tied the game in the seventh on an RBI-single from Marquez Smith and a throwing error by Weeks.
The game remained scoreless for the next five innings until both teams scored in the 13th. Alan Farina (5-3), the third Clemson pitcher, earned the win in relief while John Housey (0-3) took the loss.