Designated hitter Herman Demmink started things off in the bottom of the first with a single to centerfield. His hit was the start of a three-run rally that tied the score at 3-3.
In the bottom of the second, right fielder D.J. Mitchell singled to left. He later scored to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.
That's the type of production Clemson had been lacking so sorely in its first two games.
Jason Berken, who was recently selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles, has had major issues early in his last three starts.
The junior was given the start against the Titans Tuesday, only to get shelled for three runs, while only recording one out. He gave up two doubles, two singles and hit a batter. It was the shortest outing of his career.
It was also the first starter in the CWS to not make it out of the first inning since LSU's Bo Pettit lasted only 0.2 innings against South Carolina in 2003.
Against Oral Roberts in the Super Regional, Berken gave up four runs in 1.1 innings to start the game. Getting a broken nose and a slight concussion during a collision at first didn't help.
Then there was the UNC Asheville game in the Regional. He pitched just one inning before the sky opened up and washed the game out until the following morning.
Over his last eight starts, Berken has a 5.08 ERA. He's also winless in five career postseason starts and has a 16.88 career ERA in the NCAA Tournament in four appearances and three starts.
With two more RBI to give him 85 on the season, Clemson first baseman Andy D'Alessio finished the year six RBI away from the school's all-time single-season record of 91. … Left fielder Tyler Colvin got his first RBI of the CWS in the bottom of the second. … The Tigers were 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts Tuesday, to put their season total to an absurd 107-of-129, which equates to an 82.9 percent success rate. …
A double in the fourth inning by Tigers catcher Adrian Casanova snapped a 2-for-29 slump (.069). … The Titans have a 6-1 record in the their third game after starting a CWS with a 1-1 record. … Second baseman Taylor Harbin snapped an 0-for-11 CWS slump when he got a leadoff double in the ninth. …
Cal State Fullerton freshman David Cooper hit just his second homer of the season and had his first multiple-hit game since April 29. He also became the 15th player in CWS history to have five hits in a game. He is the first since Tennessee's Kris Bennett had six hits against Georgia in 2001. …
The game lasted four hours and five minutes, making it the third-longest nine-inning game by time in CWS history. One game earlier, Clemson and North Carolina combined to have the fifth fastest at two hours and 15 minutes.
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