Clemson starting pitcher Daniel Gosset did everything his scouting report said he would.
He got ahead of batters; he threw his breaking ball to righties and threw at the feet of the lefties.
And that was just enough for the Clemson Tigers (27-11, 13-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) to secure a 1-0 win over the Miami Hurricanes (25-16, 8-11) in a Friday night pitchers duel at Alex Rodriguez Stadium.
“We just need to score runs, plain and simple,” said UM’s David Thompson, who had two of the team’s four hits.
The Canes, who are second to last in the ACC in runs scored (179) and hits (325), had only four hits, six base runners and left four runners.
“Part of the nature of the game is pitching dominates hitting,” UM coach Jim Morris said. “We have a lot of young hitters and hitting is not our strength. We’ve got to better hitting wise, don’t get me wrong, but this was a pitchers duel and there guy out pitched our guy a little bit.”
But not by much.
Gossett (2.56 ERA) recorded 10 strikeouts on three hits and two walks through seven innings. Canes starter Chris Diaz (3-3, 1.70 ERA) tied a career high of seven strikeouts on four hits and one walk through eight innings.
The difference was run support.
“We had some opportunities tonight, but we didn’t come up clutch,” Thompson said.
In the top of sixth, Tigers Jon McGibbon reached on a walk then advanced to third on a hard hit grounder by Tyler Slaton that tipped off the glove of Canes second baseman Alex Hernandez. McGibbon scored the games lone run on a weak Thomas Brittle grounder to second.
The Canes will try to even the series in Game 2 against Clemson on Saturday.
The game time has been moved up to 1 p.m. to avoid weather.