BLACKSBURG, VA. -- Brad Miller's three-run homer in the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie in No. 20 Clemson's 8-3 win over Virginia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader at English Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (36-15, 15-11 ACC), who won the opener, 7-2, swept the doubleheader to win their eighth game in a row. They face the Hokies (28-23, 9-17) again at 1 p.m. today.
In the eighth inning of Game 1, Mike Dunster led off with a walk, then John Hinson blooped a single to left field to set up Miller's tiebreaking blast, his third homer of the season.
The Tigers added insurance runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Chris Epps and a sacrifice fly by Steve Wilkerson.
Hinson paced the Tigers' 13-hit attack by going 4 for 5 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs. Epps went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Will Lamb went 0 for 4, snapping his ACC-best 25-game hitting streak.
In the opener, Jeff Schaus drove in two runs and Dominic Leone went six solid innings. Schaus went 2 for 2 with two walks and a hit by pitch, while Lamb and Phil Pohl added three hits apiece for Clemson.
Leone (5-1) struck out seven, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Scott Firth and Scott Weismann combined for three scoreless innings to close out the game.
Clemson took a 1-0 lead in the first on a fielder's choice RBI by Lamb. In the second, John Hinson had a sacrifice fly and Spencer Kieboom scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0.
After the Hokies cut the lead to 3-2, Clemson pulled away in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Schaus singled in two runs to highlight a three-run inning. Jason Stolz added a sac fly to make it 6-2.
Epps plated a run on a groundout in the ninth for the final margin.