Overall Season Record: 42-21
ACC Regular-Season Record: 21-9
Last Week: 3-0
W home vs. North Carolina A&T, 12-2
W home vs. #22 College of Charleston, 6-0
W home vs. Oral Roberts, 8-3
TBA TBA (NCAA Super Regional at TBA)
The Tigers captured the Clemson Regional title with three wins by a combined score of 26-5 from June 3-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Andy D'Alessio was named Regional MVP thanks to going 7-for-9 with four runs scored, four doubles, a homer, four RBIs, four walks, a hit-by-pitch, and a stolen base. Herman Demmink, Travis Storrer, Josh Cribb, and Kris Harvey along with D'Alessio were all named to the All-Regional team. Clemson hit .289 in the three games, but had a .427 on-base percentage thanks to 22 walks against only 12 strikeouts. The Tigers also stole six bases in six attempts. Meanwhile, the pitching staff combined for a 1.67 ERA, allowing just 24 hits (20 singles), five runs, and two walks with 28 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched.
In the first game against North Carolina A&T on June 3, Clemson turned a one-run deficit into a seven-run lead with eight runs in the seventh inning en route to a 12-2 win. The Tigers had only four hits in the eight-run inning, but walks were key for Clemson. Aggie pitchers combined to walk 10 batters in the game, while Tiger pitchers walked just one. Tyler Colvin's two-run triple to center gave the Tigers the lead for good. Demmink and Stan Widmann each had three RBIs, while Demmink added a triple. Daniel Pritchard scored two runs in the seventh inning after entering the game as a pinch-runner. Stephen Faris struck out 10 against only one walk in 6.2 innings, while Daniel Moskos retired the only batter he faced and earned the victory.
In the second game against #22 College of Charleston on June 4, Cribb pitched a two-hit shutout in Clemson's 6-0 win. Cribb threw 98 pitches, allowing one walk with six strikeouts. College of Charleston, who easily led the nation in batting average entering the tournament, did not advance a runner past second base, while the two hits included a bunt single and a bloop single to left field. It was the seventh time in school history a Tiger pitched a shutout in an NCAA Tournament game, and his two hits were the least allowed in any of those seven shutouts. It also ended the Cougars' streak of 135 consecutive games without being shut out dating back to 2003. D'Alessio, Widmann, and Adrian Casanova, the 7-9 batters in the order, each scored two runs apiece to account for all six runs.
In the third game against Oral Roberts on June 5, Harvey hit two solo homers, and D'Alessio went 3-for-3 with a double, homer, and three RBIs to lead the Tigers to an 8-3 win and regional-clinching victory. Robert Rohrbaugh allowed seven hits, one run, and no walks with nine strikeouts to earn the win. He and two other Tigers combined for 12 strikeouts without allowing a walk. The Tigers turned three doubles plays, including two unassisted double plays by D'Alessio.
On the season, the Tigers are 42-21, including 14-2 in the last 16 games. Clemson is hitting .308 with a .371 on-base percentage. Brad Chalk leads the team with a .356 batting average and .461 on-base percentage. Harvey has hit 24 home runs, tied for second-most in the nation. The pitching staff has a 3.89 ERA and .269 opponents' batting average. Cribb has lowered his ERA to 3.22, while Faris has a team-best 2.56 ERA. Clemson is 18-7 against top-25 ranked teams.
The Tigers will await the winner of the Waco (TX) Regional to see where it will play in the Super Regional. The Tigers have now advanced to Super Regional play in five of the seven years of its existence. Stanford must beat Baylor twice Monday to stay alive. If that happens, the Tigers have a chance to host the Super Regional. If Baylor wins, Clemson will most likely travel to Waco to take on the Bears in a best-of-three series beginning either Friday or Saturday.
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