Tigers Go Quietly Against Woodard, Heels

OMAHA, Neb. – Living on the edge offensively finally caught up to the Clemson baseball team. For the past four games, the Tigers had rallied late to win. This time however, there wasn't a big inning, dramatic comeback or miracle ending.

In the first meeting between the two teams this season, North Carolina pitcher Robert Woodard pitched an absolute gem in holding Clemson to just three hits, while striking out seven in the Tar Heels' 2-0 victory in the College World Series Sunday night in front of 21,329 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

"We pride ourselves in hitting," said Tigers second baseman Taylor Harbin, who went 0-for-4. "If we make some adjustments at the plate, it might have changed the outcome of that game. But we didn't."

Woodard threw 130 pitches to shut out Clemson (53-15) for the first time in 131 games. The last time the Tigers didn't score came in the third game last season on Feb. 20, 2005 against East Carolina in a 10-0 loss.

"This team has too good of an offense to be shutout," said Tigers designated hitter Herman Demmink, who went 0-for-4. "I felt like every at-bat I was all over a lot of his pitches. There must have been some late movement on his pitches."

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  • The only hits from the Tigers came from Widmann, who had a pair of them, and Brad Chalk.

    The lack of any sort of offense for Clemson came at the most inopportune time Tigers starter Stephen Faris (9-3), who pitched a very good game of his own.

    Faris allowed seven hits over eight innings, but three of them came in the bottom of the third inning, which ultimately doomed him and the Tigers.

    The Tar Heels (52-13) started the inning with a leadoff single by Mike Cavasinni, who came around to score one batter later when Reid Fronk hit a double into right-center field. He, too, scored one batter later after Josh Horton doubled to almost the exact same spot to complete the scoring at 2-0.

    "I made two mistakes and he made none," Faris said. "That's the way it works, especially when you get to this point."

    The outing by Woodard (7-1) comes after he's struggled just to get to the fifth inning over the past month. He hasn't won a game since May 13, and had allowed 11 runs over his last 13.2 innings pitched.

    "I felt great today," Woodard said. "I told myself on the bigger stage that I really need to slow things down. I really wanted to lock in on every pitch. …

    "I really wanted to pound the strike zone and work down. Clemson is a very aggressive team. If I wanted to miss, I wanted to miss below the knees."

    He did just that. The Tigers had only four runners in scoring position, with only one reaching third base. They were 0-for-5 in those situations.

    "He was mowing us down," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. "He was in charge of the game."

    The Tigers will play at 5 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday in an elimination game against Cal State Fullerton (49-14), which eliminated Georgia Tech earlier in the day by winning 7-5. Clemson's starting pitcher has yet to be determined.

    "We've faced adversity many times this season," Demmink said. "Every time we've had our backs against the wall, we've bounced back."

    Clemson 0 (53-15)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Herman Demmink dh........  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Brad Chalk cf............  4  0  1  0   0  1  1  1   0
    Marquez Smith 3b.........  3  0  0  0   1  2  1  2   0
    Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   2
    Taylor Harbin 2b.........  4  0  0  0   0  2  1  5   0
    Andy D'Alessio 1b........  3  0  0  0   1  0 11  0   0
    Stan Widmann ss..........  3  0  2  0   0  0  0  3   0
    D.J. Mitchell rf.........  2  0  0  0   1  1  1  0   0
    Adrian Casanova c........  3  0  0  0   0  0  5  0   4
    Stephen Faris p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
    Totals................... 30  0  3  0   3  7 24 12   6
    
    North Carolina 2 (52-13)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Mike Cavasinni cf........  4  1  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
    Reid Fronk 3b............  4  1  1  1   0  0  0  2   1
     Kyle Shelton 2b.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
    Josh Horton ss...........  3  0  2  1   1  0  1  2   0
    Chad Flack 1b............  4  0  0  0   0  2  9  0   3
    Jay Cox lf...............  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  0   0
    Mike Federowicz dh.......  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
    Seth Williams rf.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  4  0   0
    Benji Johnson c..........  3  0  1  0   0  1  7  0   0
    Garrett Gore 2b/3b.......  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   2
    Robert Woodard p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 31  2  7  2   1  5 27  8   6
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Clemson............. 000 000 000 -  0  3  1
    North Carolina...... 002 000 00X -  2  7  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - WIDMANN(23); J. COX(3); JOHNSON(5). LOB - Clemson 6; N. Carolina 6. 2B -
    FRONK(18); HORTON(17).
    
    Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    Stephen Faris.......  8.0  7  2  2  1  5 31 32
    
    North Carolina         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    Robert Woodard......  9.0  3  0  0  3  7 30 33
    
    Win - WOODARD (7-1).  Loss - FARIS (9-3).  Save - None.
    Umpires - HP: Joe Burleson  1B: Randy Harvey  2B: Perry Costello  3B: Darrel
    Mason  Start: 6:09   Time: 2:15   Attendance: 21329

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