Tigers inch closer to ultimate goal

OMAHA, Neb. – Another bizarre hand was dealt to Clemson at the College World Series, and even though it's been par for the course for coach Jack Leggett, his team finished off Tuesday night's game with a 6-4 win over Oklahoma.

BOX SCORE: Clemson 6 Oklahoma 4

After a 32-minute rain delay segued into suspended play, Clemson packed up and headed back to base camp, clinging to a 6-1 lead after five innings on Tuesday night.

"We were able to go home with a better feeling up 6-1, rather than being down 6-1," Leggett said, "that's tough, a tough night's sleep there. We went home with a pretty good feeling."

Play resumed almost 18 hours later and the Tigers picked up their second-straight win at Rosenblatt Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, moving within one win of the College World Series finals.

Starter Scott Weismann gave up one run off three hits while striking out four batters through five innings of work on Tuesday.

"In the first couple of innings, I got in trouble there and ran my pitch count up," he said. "I got into a groove and felt good. I was getting ahead of batters more. I felt like I was spotting it up pretty well."

With the win, Weismann's record improves to 9-2 on the season while the team is now 45-23. Oklahoma drops to 50-17.

Oklahoma and South Carolina will meet for the second time at the College World Series when the two hook up Thursday night. The Sooners beat the Gamecocks 4-3 Sunday night. The winner of Thursday's game will play Clemson on Friday at 9 p.m. (EST).

Clemson must be beaten for Thursday's winner to advance to the finals.

"We can't feel too good about ourselves. We can't get too high up and too low down. We just have to keep on playing, keep that even keel and be excited about where we're at right now," Leggett said.

Against Clemson, Oklahoma put the first run on the board when shortstop Caleb Bushyhead dropped a single in shallow centerfield during the fourth, scoring rightfielder Cody Reine, who stole second after reaching on a swinging bunt single.

Clemson took a 4-1 lead in a bizarre bottom-half of the inning, which started with Oklahoma starter Bobby Shore throwing 14-straight balls to walked the bases loaded.

"We were able to take advantage of that," Leggett said. "We were able to get some big hits in that inning."

John Hinson, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, singled in the Tigers' first run.

Sooner head coach Sunny Galloway called right Jack Mayfield out of the bullpen to face Richie Shaffer, who knocked in another run with sacrifice fly to right. Mayfield then walked Boyd and gave up an two-run scoring single to Spencer Kieboom, giving Clemson a 4-1 lead.

After Mayfield fell behind with a 2-0 count to Chris Epps, Galloway called in lefty J.R. Robinson, who went on to strike out Epps.

The inning ended on a double-steal attempt with Kieboom at first and Wilson Boyd at third. Boyd was thrown out after the throw down to second was returned to home.

In the fifth, Kyle Parker hit his first career triple off the top of the centerfield wall. He scored when Brad Miller's routine fly ball was dropped by Oklahoma leftfielder Max White. Hinson, who was the only Clemson player with multiple hits, singled in Miller to give Clemson a 6-1 lead.

"We've been getting double-digit hits just about every game we play," Hinson said.

It wasn't the case against Oklahoma, which saw Clemson tally six hits. The Tigers drew eight walks, though, a season-high for the Sooners.

Lefty Will Lamb started in Wednesday's portion of the game, going 2-2/3 innings with five strikeouts.

After allowing a leadoff homerun to first baseman Kevin Seitzer, Lamb settled down to strikeout the side in the seventh.

A one-out solo homerun by catcher Tyler Ogle narrowed Clemson's lead to 6-3. Lamb was unable finish the inning after walking Bushyhead and giving up a double to second baseman Danny Black. With two outs, Dominic Leone walked the bases loaded before retiring pinch hitter Casey Johnson with a pop out to Miller.

After giving up one run in the ninth, which was credited to Leone, righty Alex Frederick preserved the win with the save, his fourth of the season and second of the College World Series.

"I'm just pleased we're in the position we're at," Leggett said. "We get a day off (Thursday). We'll be ready to play on Friday."


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