Opportunity lost

CLEMSON - CUTigers.com breaks down the key players and moments from Clemson's heartbreaking 7-6 loss to UConn.

HITTER OF THE GAME - UCONN - Ryan Fuller: The junior third basemen ended the game with a walk-off single in the ninth, to force another meeting on Monday night.

"He set up outside and I definitely thought it broke outside," Fuller said. "It was a close call. I just kept trying to get a good swing on it and I kept fouling pitches off. I finally hit one that got through."

He went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run.

PITCHER OF THE GAME - UCONN - Elliot Glynn: The lefty was relatively effective against hot hitting Clemson team that pounded out 23 runs in their first two games of the regional.

Glynn lasted five innings, allowed six hits and four runs, three of which were earned.

"It all starts with the guy on the mound and our guy tonight really competed and gave us a quality start," said UConn head coach Jim Penders.

As a whole, the Huskies' staff stymied the Tiger bats. Though Clemson pounded out 12 hits, none went for extra bases.

PLAYER OF THE GAME - CLEMSON - Spencer Kieboom: Kieboom was faced with a situation that most ball players across the country can only dream of. Two outs, bases loaded in the ninth with a chance to come up with a game winning hit.

Kieboom didn't deliver a game winner, but he smacked a two RBI single to tie the game.

"I was just waiting to get a pitch I could do something with. I felt like I've had a good approach all weekend. I've hit balls hard," Kieboom said. "It was 2-1. It was almost the exact same pitch he threw a pitch before for a strike."

The Tigers' catcher finished 1 for 3 with three RBI.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Penders was at a loss of words when trying to describe the game winning hit by Fuller.

"It was a memorable win for not only this team, but our program as a whole," Penders said.

UConn, which has been on the brink of elimination since Friday night's 13-1 loss, beat Coastal Carolina 12-6 on Sunday afternoon, to clinch a spot in the regional final.

"We wanted it so bad in our dugout," Fuller said. "We definitely felt like we had momentum on our side and didn't want to give it up."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This team has been through a lot. The guys on this team are a bunch of veterans. We've had our backs to the wall in some elimination games. That's all you can ask for, a chance to play to advance. That's what we're really focused on."

-Clemson shortstop Brad Miller

WHERE THE GAME TURNED: The bottom of the sixth, on the last pitch of the night from Justin Sarratt.

Sarratt managed to get out of the trouble he found himself in during the first and second innings. With runners at the corners in the first, he worked out of the inning by forcing a ground-out to third. He forced George Springer to pop out to center after working into a bases loaded jam in the second.

Sarratt allowed just one batter to reach base in the third, fourth and fifth.

Then, with two outs in the sixth, Sarratt gave up a two-run homer to Doug Elliot, which cut Clemson's lead to 4-3.

"Our catcher, Doug Elliott, has done a great job behind the plate for us for months now, without a lot of help behind him," Pender said. "He caught two games today. And, in tonight's game, he had our first three RBI."

WHAT'S NEXT?: An elimination game on Clemson's home soil. Last year, Clemson was forced to play a third game in the Auburn Regional after winning the first game and blowing a late lead in the second.

"It will be settled tomorrow," Miller said. "I think it will be a good opportunity for us to go out there and earn it."

The Tigers had plenty of opportunities to clinch a Super Regional spot on Sunday.

As a team, they left a total of 13 runners on base.

"We've just got to do a little bit better job with men on base tomorrow," said Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. "We'll be fine. We'll be ready tomorrow."

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