Clemson outslugged Auburn Monday night 13-7 to win the regional at Plainsman Park and advance to the Super Regional for the second straight season. The Tigers will face Alabama at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. The Crimson Tide defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta Monday night 10-8. The series will begin Saturday at 6:00 PM on ESPNU. Game two will be Sunday at 7:00 PM on ESPN2. And if necessary, the third game will be Monday at either 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM on ESPN2.
On a night with both coaches had to start seldom used pitchers, the expected offensive explosion was delivered. The teams combined for 32 hits. Clemson scored in every inning but three, and plated three runs in three different innings.
A three run seventh gave the Tigers and 11-6 lead and the breathing room they needed for their depleted pitching corps. Auburn scored a run in the bottom of the 7th but Clemson tacked on two insurance runs in the 9th on a double by Wilson Boyd. Clemson turned two big double plays started by first baseman Richie Schaeffer to get out of trouble in the 7th and 8th innings. Auburn left 12 runners on base for the game.
Auburn loaded the bases in the ninth on three straight singles off Kevin Brady after one out, but Brady got a strike out and a ground out to end the game and send the Tigers to the Super Regional.
Clemson post game press conference: (Jack Leggett, Kyle Parker, Wilson Boyd)
Auburn post game press conference: (John Pawlowski, Ryan Jenkins, Casey McElroy)
Alex Frederick earned the win for Clemson. He’s 7-2. Brady earned his first save of the season. Auburn starter Jon Luke Jacobs took the loss. Clemson is now 41-22. Auburn finishes at 43-21.
Jack Leggett interview:
Kyle Parker hit his 20th homer of the season for Clemson on the same night he was the 26th pick in the Major League Draft. He’s the first player in Division 1 history to hit 20 homers and throw 20 touchdown passes in the same academic year. John Hinson also his hit 15th home run of the season for Clemson.
Kyle Parker interview: