Previewing Oklahoma

With its 6-3 win over No. 1 Arizona State on Monday, No. 8 Clemson (44-23) moved to the winners' bracket to face No. 6 Oklahoma (50-16) on Tuesday at 9:00 PM EDT on ESPN2.


Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura, and Erin Andrews will call the game on ESPN2.

Clemson will be the designated home team and occupy the third-base dugout on Tuesday. The loser of that game will play the winner of the Arizona State vs. South Carolina elimination game on Thursday at 7:00 PM EDT on ESPN2, while the winner will move to the championship round of the bracket to play on Friday at 9:00 PM EDT on ESPN2.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on the radio by Clemson Tiger Sports Network.

The Starting Pitchers
Clemson will start sophomore righthander Scott Weismann in Tuesday night's game against Oklahoma. Weismann enters with an 8-2 record and an ERA of 5.09.

He is 2-0 so far in the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma will counter with junior righthander Bobby Shore. Shore is 10-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 appearances (all starts). Overall, he has pitched 91 innings, given up 88 hits, 41 runs, 39 earned runs, walked 31 and struckout 77.

Opponents are batting .252 against him.

Shore has started each of the weekend-clinching games in the NCAA tournament where he is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA,11 Ks and two walks.

Clemson vs. Oklahoma Series History
Clemson and Oklahoma have met just one time in history. On May 23, 1992, Oklahoma defeated the Tigers 7-6 in the NCAA Mideast Regional at Starkville, MS to end their season. The 1992 season was Jack Leggett's first of two years as an assistant coach at Clemson.

A Closer Look: Oklahoma
After two rain delays totaling more than six hours, Oklahoma watched relievers Jeremy Erben and Ryan Duke worked out of bases-loaded situations in the eighth and ninth innings to hold off South Carolina 4-3 in the College World Series on Sunday night.

With the win the Sooners improved to 50-16 on the season.

The Sooners are coming off a 2-1 series victory at then-No. 1 Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional.

OU starts six sophomores, one freshman and two juniors in the lineup after losing a Big 12-leading nine players to the draft in 2009.

The Sooners entered the College World Series ranking second in the Big 12 in hitting (.312) and third in ERA (3.79) and fi elding percentage (.976). OU leads the conference with 100 home runs.

The OU pitching staff ranked second in the Big 12 with 562 strikeouts and has 26 games with 10 or more K's, including 14 of the last 39 and a season-high 19 versus Arkansas-Little Rock.

Worth Noting
• Tuesday's game (June 22) marks the latest date on the calendar that Clemson has ever played a collegiate baseball game.

• Clemson has led in 61 of its 67 games in 2010.

• Clemson has scored double-digit runs 27 times in 67 games in 2010.

• Clemson is 33-2 when it outhits its opponent and 7-18 when it gets outhit.

• With the bases loaded in 2010, the Tigers are 37-for-99 (.374) with nine homers, eight doubles, one triple, 127 RBIs, 17 walks, and five hit-by-pitches.

• Kyle Parker, who was selected with the #26 overall pick of the 2010 Major League draft, is the only first-round draft pick who is a member of one of the eight teams that made it to the 2010 College World Series.

Tiger Bats Hot in the NCAA Tournament
In eight NCAA Tournament games, Clemson is hitting .351 with a .540 slugging percentage and .413 on-base percentage. The Tigers are also hitting .422 with runners in scoring position in NCAA Tourney play.

Wilson Boyd, Mike Freeman, and Brad Miller have all his safely in all eight NCAA Tournament games. Meanwhile, John Hinson is 16-for-33 (. 485) with five homers, one double, 11 RBIs, 11 runs, and three walks in the NCAA Tournament. He has also has seven multi-hit games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Clemson's CWS Streak Continues
With Clemson's appearance in the 2010 College World Series, the Tigers' streak of going no more than three years in a row without a CWS appearance continued. That means that every Tiger since the freshman class of 1988 who has been in the program and been on the postseason roster for four straight years has made at least one trip to Omaha. The last time the Tigers went four straight years without a trip to Omaha was 1987-90.

Only three other schools have current streaks as long as the Tigers. Miami (FL) has not gone four years in a row without making it to Omaha since 1970-73, while Cal State Fullerton (1971-74) and Louisiana State (1982-85) also have streaks longer than the Tigers' streak. Top Stories