Clemson Pounds Coastal Carolina

MYRTLE BEACH – After a dominating weekend as the No. 2-seed in the Myrtle Beach Regional, the Clemson baseball team stands just two wins shy of reaching the College World Series for the second straight season.

The Tigers pounded out 20 hits on their way to the 15-3 thrashing of host and No. 1-seed Coastal Carolina Monday in the NCAA Tournament at Coastal Federal Field.

Clemson (41-21) will now face Mississippi State (36-20) in this weekend's Super Regional. The host site will be announced at 11 p.m., Monday on ncaasports.com.

And regardless of where the Tigers play, especially with the way they've been hitting of late, they will be the favorite to advance to Omaha.

Clemson batted around in the third and fourth innings Monday and the foursome of Andy D'Alessio, Taylor Harbin, Doug Hogan and Marquez Smith combined to go 12-for-19, with three home runs, nine RBI and 11 runs scored against the Chanticleers (50-13).

Smith had a career-high four hits along with four runs scored, a homer, and three RBIs. Chalk was 3-for-6 with a double, triple, and two runs scored, while D'Alessio was 3-for-4 with a double, homer, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Harbin added three hits, three runs scored, and four RBIs.

In fact, for the second straight game, four different Tigers tallied at least three hits.

"If we keep that going through the Super Regional, there's no reason why we can't get back to Omaha," said the shortstop Harbin, who went 3-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored and hit his 10th homer of the season.

When the bloodletting was finally over, Clemson had hit three home runs, a triple and four doubles.

"I think when these guys are on all cylinders, we're pretty tough to beat," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said. "We're certainly playing a lot better offensively the last month and a half. All those guys have hit the ball real well.

"These guys in the middle of the order have to come through and they did that this weekend."

Smith said the team was hoping to get out of Myrtle Beach as quick as possible.

"We definitely wanted to come out and jump on them," said Smith, who had a career-high four hits, including his 13th homer of the season. "We didn't want to go to the second game." Not to be outdone is the Clemson pitching staff, which allowed just eight earned runs in three games.

When the Tigers are pitching well, which is most of the time, and the hitting has been as good as it has been, they are as good as any team in the nation.

"We're kind of finding out ways to win," Leggett said. "Sometimes you do it offensively and sometimes you do it with pitching."

CUTigers.com Top Stories