Tigers Advance To Super Regional

CLEMSON – For the second straight season, Clemson has made it to baseball's version of the Sweet 16. The Tigers made it to next week's Super Regional by beating Mississippi State 8-6 Sunday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Clemson, the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament, will host Oral Roberts (41-14), which as the won the Fayetteville, Arkansas Regional as a No. 3 seed. The Golden Eagles beat the regional's No. 1 seed Oklahoma State 9-2 Sunday night to advance.

The dates and times will be announced at 2 p.m., Tuesday.

"It's great to get that win," said Clemson second baseman Taylor Harbin, who was named the Clemson Regional Most Valuable Player after going 5-for-9 with seven RBI and two home runs, while making several outstanding defensive plays. "We just stayed focused and did what we had to do."

The regional-clinching win didn't come as easily as Saturday's did. The Tigers (50-14) had to battle to come from behind and finally put away Mississippi State (37-23), which held a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.

In the beginning of the seventh, designated hitter Herman Demmink smacked a leadoff double to left field. Leftfielder Tyler Colvin later singled him home to tie it at 5-5. Harbin's sacrifice fly in that same inning, which scored Marquez Smith, who had previously walked, gave Clemson a 6-5 advantage and the lead for good.

Tigers reliever Daniel Moskos pitched the final 2.2 innings of no-hit ball to get his 10th save of the season.

"I always feel like this is a pivotal game," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "You don't want to give them confidence and have to go another day."

Tigers starting pitcher Josh Cribb didn't have the kind of command that he's used to having. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks. He also had two wild pitches.

Leggett said he believes the blister Cribb developed in the ACC Tournament may have been the cause for his being erratic.

"I think it hurt his changeup," Leggett said. "But the blister didn't reopen, so that's a good sign."

Another good sign for the Tigers is that Leggett really likes the way his team's playing at the moment. While Clemson was one of the hottest teams in the nation last year heading into the Super Regional at Baylor, this current version is even hotter.

"We've showed we've got toughness," he said. "We're playing more confident and we have more experience. We're playing with an edge right now."

Super Regional ticket books will go on sale Monday for season ticket holders. Any remaining ticket books will go on sale Wednesday.

The cost of a reserved seat ticket book is $30, while the cost for a general admission book is $20.

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