Super Regional Notebook: Harbin on Fire

CLEMSON – Through the regular season, Clemson second baseman Taylor Harbin hit five home runs through 43 games. Over his last four NCAA Tournament games, he's hit four dingers. This is the type of power most thought they'd see all season from the star sophomore.

"Last year, I didn't do as well as I wanted to in the postseason and I kind of lost my strength," he said. "Now, just to be able to swing the bat as well as I am is a great feeling and I hope I can keep it going."

Cheap Seats
Following their celebration in the middle of the diamond, the entire team made a mad sprint to the group of onlookers directly to the right of the centerfield wall to thank and greet the fans in the area known as "The Cheap Seats."

The Cheap Seats consists of an old bus, which has plywood attached to its roof, where couches and chairs rest. The group of former students, current students and older fans, faithfully show up for every game.

Once they got to the fence, the team climbed it and shook the hands of the fans, who promptly showered them with Champaign.

"We're thankful for all the fans, especially The Cheap Seats," senior and designated hitter Herman Demmink said. "They've been there all year for us, win or lose, good weather or bad. They've been there for us and that's what it's all about. We wanted to share it with them."

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, Round III
The first two teams to qualify for the College World Series are very familiar with one another. And as much as they know each other, that's how much dislike they have for one another.

Clemson will face the Yellow Jackets Friday, with the most likely time being at 2 p.m., Eastern, with the winners of the Alabama-North Carolina and Cal State Fullerton-Missouri super regionals playing at 7 p.m., Eastern.

The Tigers and Georgia Tech have squared off six times this season, with each team winning three games. During the regular season, the Yellow Jackets took two-of-three games. They outscored Clemson in their two wins 36-7.

The two teams met again in the ACC Tournament, where the Tigers got the upper hand, winning two of the three games.

Clemson is 0-3 versus the Yellow Jackets in day games, but 3-0 against them in night games.

"We're playing a very good team that we're very familiar with," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said. "They're an excellent offensive team and I'm sure they know they are looking at us and know they have a great challenge ahead of them too. We're going out there to win."

Quick Hits
Leftfielder Tyler Colvin extended his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games. … Centerfielder Brad Chalk extended his hitting streak to 13 games. … Third baseman Marquez Smith committed just his third error since taking over the starting position on April 18. …

The Tigers began Friday's win over Oral Roberts with a homerun by Demmink and ended the game with Colvin's grand slam. It marked the first time in school history that Clemson had a home run for its leadoff hitter and then ended the game with a walk-off home run. …

Demmink's leadoff homer run Friday and in the regional clinching victory over Mississippi State is the first time the same player has homered in Clemson's first at-bat in consecutive games.

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