NOTES: Clemson knocked out

OMAHA, Neb. - Clemson was eliminated from the College World Series Saturday night by rival South Carolina.

General Notes
*-Prior to this season, the last time that both brackets needed an ‘if necessary' game was in 1988, the first year of the current two- bracket format.

*-This is the 292nd meeting between Clemson and South Carolina, with Clemson holding a 167-123-2 lead after South Carolina's win tonight. South Carolina won the season series, 3-2.

*-South Carolina now takes the series lead in NCAA Tournament games, 4-3.

*-Since the inception of the two bracket format in 1988, teams that forced an "if necessary" elimination game are now 13-6 in such decisive games. Four of those 13 teams (most recently Oregon State in 2006) have gone on to win the national championship.

*-Neither South Carolina or UCLA have won a baseball national championship, ensuring a first-time champion for the third time since 2006.

*-Monday's MCWS Championship Finals opener will be the first-ever matchup between UCLA and South Carolina.

Clemson
*-Clemson has posted a 12-24 record in 12 MCWS appearances. The Tigers' third-place finish equals the school's best, a feat they have now accomplished three times (also 1996 and 2002).

*-Clemson began both the 2002 and 2010 MCWS with two victories, but dropped consecutive games to South Carolina both seasons to be eliminated.

*-Clemson set a school record for most NCAA Tournament games played (11) in a single season. *-The only ACC school to win a national title was Wake Forest in 1955.

*-The Tigers own a 108-77 (.587) all-time mark in 35 NCAA Tournament appearances.

*-Today (6/26) marks the latest date on the calendar that Clemson has ever played a game.

*-The Tigers have now scored in 137 straight games, dating back to 5/24/2008. The streak ranks fourth in Clemson history.

*-28 of Clemson's 31 MCWS hits in four MCWS games have been singles.

*-Brad Miller's 0-4 performance snapped a 20-game hitting streak. Miller had hit safely in 30 of his past 31 games and had gone hitless just one time since April 21.

*-Clemson starter Casey Harman, who suffered the loss and ends his season with an 8-4 record, went 6. 1 innings and worked five-or-more frames in 26 of his last 27 starts.

*-Clemson, which turned two double plays today, finishes second in the nation with 81 DPs turned on defense. Southern Mississippi (84) had the nation's highest total.

*-John Hinson went 2-3 with a run scored tonight to finish the MCWS with a team-high .438 average.

*Clemson hit .237 in the MCWS after hitting .349 in seven NCAA games before coming to Omaha. Clemson had 34 extra-base hits in those seven games.

South Carolina
*-With tonight's win, South Carolina is now 21-17 all-time in nine trips to the MCWS, including a 15-8 record in elimination games.

*-South Carolina is 4-0 in elimination games in the 2010 MCWS (the Gamecocks did not play an elimination game in either the regional or super regional rounds). They will attempt to become the first national champion to lose their first MCWS game since Oregon State in 2006, and only the third team to win a title after losing the opener in the current two-bracket format.

*-South Carolina is now 101-56 in NCAA Tournament play, including two or more wins each of the past 11 seasons. South Carolina improves to 9-1 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

*-South Carolina, which has never won a national championship, has finished runner-up three times – 2002, 1977 and 1975.

*-South Carolina is now 29-4 when holding an opponent to three runs or less.

*-South Carolina has played in all three one-run games in this MCWS, winning two and losing one. They are now 8-7 this season in one-run games; five of their last six games have been one-run contests dating back to the super regional.

*-South Carolina's bullpen is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA, fanning 17 without a walk over 13.1 innings in the MCWS.

*-As a pitching staff, South Carolina has a 2.68 ERA in five MCWS games with 40 strikeouts and eight walks while holding opponents to a .202 batting average. The Gamecocks have held all five opponents in Omaha to four runs or less.

*-Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hit streak to 21 games tonight and is now 8-for-19 (.421) with nine RBIs and nine runs scored in the MCWS, the most RBIs and runs for any player in this series.

*-Christian Walker's fourth-inning homer was his ninth of the season and third of the NCAA Tournament (two in this MCWS). His 2-4 performance boosts the freshman's MCWS average to .400 (8-20) with two homers and five RBIs in the MCWS.

*-Walker is hitting .395 (17-43) in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

*-Whit Merrifield went 3-5 with a single, double and triple (his first of the year) in his first three plate appearances. The last player to hit for the cycle in a MCWS game was Minnesota's Jerry Kindall in 1956.


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