Regional Champs!

CLEMSON - The Clemson Tigers advanced to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament by thumping Oral Roberts Sunday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, 8-3.

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Kris Harvey homered twice and Tournament MVP Andy D'Alessio also homered and drove in a team high three runs to lead No.1-seed Clemson to an 8-3 victory over No. 3-seed Oral Roberts Sunday night.

The win finished off a perfect weekend for the Tigers, which included a 12-2 win over N.C. A&T on Friday, and a 6-0 win over in-state rival College of Charleston on Saturday before Sunday's 8-3 win over Oral Roberts.

Robert Rohrbaugh pitched seven strong innings to earn the win, giving up just one run on seven hits to go along with nine strikeouts.

"We got a great game out of Robert, just like we did in the ACC tournament, and I think he really stepped it up," said Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. "He's in a great rhythm now and he is throwing the ball really well. He battled out of a couple situations that he got himself into and then he would give us a quick next inning and that really helped us."

The Tigers got on the board in the top of the first inning Sunday night and never looked back.
The Tigers got on the board in the top of the first inning after Herman Demmink opened up the game with a walk. After advancing to second on a bunt by Brad Chalk, Demmink would come around to score on two wild pitches by Oral Roberts starter Rene Recio.

From that point on, there would be no looking back.

The Tigers would add a solo home run by Kris Harvey in the fourth inning, followed by a two-run homerun from Andy D'Alessio just two batters later to extend the lead to 4-0.

At the same time, Rohrbaugh kept the Golden Eagles in check early on, despite giving up leadoff singles in each of his first two innings.

"I had some problems but I just buckled down and just let the defense work behind me," said the junior lefthander. "My confidence is gaining each outing."

Oral Roberts finally got on the board in the fifth when shortstop Michael Hollimon homered to leftfield, but even then, it was obvious the No. 3 seed Golden Eagles were facing an uphill climb.

"Clemson's a really good team, a solid team," said Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton. "We made some mistakes that they capitalized on, so give them the credit." The Tigers added two more runs courtesy of Harvey and D'Alessio again, this time with in Harvey's 24th homerun of the year and D'Alessio double that scored Travis Storrer.

Said Harvey of his two-homerun performance, "He left one up in the first at bat, a hanging slider and then the next time it was a fastball over the plate and I just put the barrel on it. The ball was carrying pretty well."

Clemson added runs in the seventh and ninth innings, with the last run coming off the bat of senior Daniel Pritchard in the top of the ninth.

Oral Roberts scored twice in the ninth off of David Kopp before Kelly Minissale lined into a double play to end the game.

The Tigers will find out their postseason fate on Monday as they await the results of the Waco Regional. If No.1-seed Baylor wins, Clemson will travel to Waco, TX next weekend for a best-of-three super regional. If No. 3-seed Stanford wins, the Tigers will host the Cardinal at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Stanford and Baylor play Monday at 3 PM, with Stanford having to beat the Bears twice to win the regional and advance to next weekend's super regional.

With the win, Clemson improves to 42-21 overall. Clemson is now 30-7 in NCAA Regional games played at home, including wins in 16 of its last 17 games.

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