Clemson Regional Notebook

CLEMSON – Most of the season, the Clemson starting pitchers have garnered much of the spotlight for the team's great success. And while the Tigers' offense gained all the attention Saturday night, pitcher Stephen Faris still produced a very good game.

Faris put together a very efficient eight innings of five-hit ball on 98 pitches. He allowed just three earned runs, while striking out seven in No. 1 seed Clemson's 13-3 victory over No. 2 Elon Saturday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

"I thought I threw the ball pretty well," Faris said. "I'm pretty happy overall, but it definitely could have been better."

While the outing by Faris wasn't the greatest he's had even this season, it was still good enough to keep Elon at bay. He gave up two home runs against the Phoenix. Entering the game, Faris had only surrendered one homer in 84.1 innings pitched, which came at Georgia Tech on April 16.

Also, it was his first-ever NCAA Tournament win. In three previous starts, he hadn't earned a decision.

"I had no clue," Faris said of his postseason win. "I didn't know that. I'm glad to get one under the belt. But as long as we win, that's all that matters."

Moon Shot
In the top of the fifth inning of the day's second game, Mississippi State's first baseman Brian LaNinfa cranked an absolute bomb off of UNC Asheville pitcher Alan DeRatt.

It was such a blast that it sailed over roof of the batting cages, which sits just beyond the fence in right-center field. It was one the longest hits, if not the longest, at this stadium all season.

"I was just trying to get the runner in from third base," LaNinfa said. "Their pitcher threw me a fastball in. I didn't even try to hit it hard, but thankfully I got it up."

Baseball American Rankings
As the Major League Baseball Draft approaches Tuesday, there are thoughts that as many as nine Clemson players could be selected sometime during the course of the two-day draft.

And of those nine, there are beliefs that three are sure-fire locks (first baseman Andy D'Alessio, left fielder Tyler Colvin, pitcher Jason Berken) to be taken in the first 10 rounds, and maybe in the first five.

However, according to Baseball America's most recent rankings of high school and college prospects, only one Tiger ranks in the top 200 – Colvin at 170.

Quick Hits
Clemson centerfielder Brad Chalk was caught stealing in the second inning. It was the first time all season he's been caught. He had been a perfect 17-for-17. … Leftfielder Tyler Colvin got a double in the seventh inning, his final at-bat, to extend his hitting streak to 22 games.

Third baseman Marquez Smith did something unique by reach base safely five different ways. He reach on an error in the first, doubled in the second, tripled in the fourth, was hit by a pitch in the sixth and singled in the seventh. … The eighth inning was the only inning in which Clemson didn't register a hit.

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