Play Suspended

CLEMSON – All poised to start and get his first-career postseason win, Clemson captain and pitcher Jason Berken will have to wait for another day after the Tigers' NCAA Tournament game against UNC Asheville was suspended due to rain Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The game will resume at 11 a.m., Saturday, with Herman Demmink leading off for Clemson in the bottom of the first. Berken (9-3) got through the top of the first without allowing a hit or a run.

"It's frustrating," he said. "I felt really good tonight and the adrenaline was pumping. But it's one of those things where there's nothing you can do."

Because Berken threw during warm-ups and 21 pitches in the first inning, he will not be able to pitch Saturday. Instead, newly found starter Sean Clark will get nod.

Clark, a red-shirt junior, got his first-career start last Sunday in the ACC Championship game against N.C. State. He made the most of it by allowing only one run in eight innings to lead the Tigers to their first title since 1994.

"I hope to see the same thing," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "He had a good bullpen Wednesday. Hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Clark (1-0) said he's not the least bit nervous.

"I'm excited more than anything," he said. "I wanted Berken to be able to go tonight, but it didn't work out that way. I'm just excited to be at home and to do it in front of the fans."

Even had the game, which was called after a little more than two hours of rain, resumed, it's uncertain Berken would have been able to pick up where he left off.

"I was going to try and go tonight and throw some pitches to see how my arm felt," Berken said. "But coming off of surgery, I'm not sure how my arm would have reacted.

"I told Coach that I wanted to try and throw tomorrow, but with the way Sean is throwing, the smart thing to do is to let him pitch."

At 3 p.m., No. 3 seed Mississippi State (35-22) will play the loser between No. 1 Clemson (47-14) and No. 4 UNC Asheville (28-33). No. 2 Elon (45-16) will play the winner of the 11 a.m. game at 7 p.m. The Phoenix beat Mississippi State 5-4 Friday afternoon. Top Stories