November 27, 2015

Clemson takes two, forces showdown

Clemson pulled out the whipping stick Sunday first routing Tennessee Tech then blowing out Oklahoma State to force a decisive game Monday night against the Cowboys at 7:00 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers beat the Golden Eagles 10-0 as freshman Scott Weismann allowed four hits over eight innings and Chris Epps and Ben Paulsen homered. The Tigers kept the offensive onslaught going in the nightcap crushing the Cowboys 15-1. Freshman lefty Chris Dwyer allowed just six hits over 8.2 innings. The Tigers banged out 16 hits with Paulsen and Mike Freeman cracking homers.

The Tigers had 30 hits on the day. Epps had six hits and three RBIs. Wilson Boyd had six hits and five RBIs. And Freeman had five hits and four RBIs.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett will go with senior lefthander Ryan Hinson in Monday night’s winner take all game. Hinson will be making just his second start of the season. He is 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA. Oklahoma State’s coach Frank Anderson said Sunday night he was undecided about his starting pitcher.

The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the Arizona State regional in the Super Regional later this week.

 Clemson notes from Sunday:  

  • Clemson won both games today by at least 10 runs. It is the first time Clemson has won two consecutive NCAA tournament games by 10 runs or more, never mind on the same day. 
  • Today marked the fourth time this year Clemson won two games in the same day. The Tigers had doubleheader sweeps in the regular season on March 13 (Wake Forest), March 24 (Elon), and March 28 (Boston College). This is the first time since the 1992 season that Clemson has won two games in the same day four times.
  • Prior to this year Clemson had a combined four dates in the last seven years in which the Tigers won two games in the same day. 
  • Clemson scored in double figures on both games today, just the third time in school history Clemson has done that in two NCAA Tournament games in the same day. It also happened in 1999 at Fayetteville, AR in a 17-3 win over Delaware and a 12-4 win over host Arkansas, and in 1989, in Tallahassee, FL in a 13-5 win over Stetson and an 11-1 win over Auburn. So it has happened three times in history, 1989, 1999 and 2009. 
  • Clemson is now 24-2 in home NCAA Tournament games in the 21st century. The only losses have been to Arkansas in a Super Regional game in 2002 and earlier in this tournament to Oklahoma State. 
  • The win over Oklahoma State was the 100th in Clemson history in NCAA Tournament play. It was also the 1100th career victory for Jack Leggett. He has 723 at Clemson. Leggett is now 55-31 in NCAA tournament play, including 35-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. 
  • Clemson enters Monday’s night’s game with the chance to clinch the Clemson regional championships. Clemson is 10-0 under Jack Leggett in NCAA tournament home games in which it can clinch a regional or super regional championship.

Box Score

Audio:  Clemson post game news conference (9:13)

(Jack Leggett, Chris Epps, Mike Freeman, Chris Dwyer)

Audio:  Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson post game news conference  (3:49)


Clemson rallies to beat Tennessee Tech

Jeff Schaus ripped a one out double over the first base bag and down the right field line to drive in two runs and give the Tigers a thrilling 5-4 come from behind win over Tennessee Tech.

The Tigers trailed the entire night and missed scoring opportunities in the sixth, seventh and eighth. But in the 9th Addison Johnson led off with a pinch hit single and Chris Epps followed with a bunt single. Mike Freeman struck out but then Schaus delivered the game winning hit off reliever Lee Henry.


Audio: Jeff Schaus (1:32)

Schaus had two hits and three RBIs on the night. Graham Stoneburner picked up the win in relief of starter Trey Delk.

The Tigers trailed at one point 4-1. Clemson scored two runs in the fifth to get to within 4-3 and Stoneburner shutout the Golden Eagles over the final four innings to give the Tigers a chance to rally. Clemson is now 41-19.

The Tigers play Oklahoma State tonight at 700. The Cowboys beat Alabama 10-6. Tennessee Tech and Alabama meet in an elimination game this afternoon.

Clemson 5-Tennessee Tech 4 Box Score

Audio: Clemson post game news conference  (7:22)

(Jack Leggett, Jeff Schaus, Addson Johnson & Graham Stoneburner take questions from the media after an opening statement from Leggett)

Tigers set for regional opener

Trey Delk

Trey Delk

Clemson is at its favored location, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, for tonight’s NCAA Baseball Tournament regional opener against Tennessee Tech. 

The Tigers have won each of the last five regionals they have hosted.  Trey Delk will start tonight for Clemson.  He’s 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA.  Lefthander Ryan Dennick will start for the Golden Eagles.  He is 4-2 with a 3.74 ERA. 

Tennessee Tech is 30-22-1 and played their way into the NCAA Tournament by going 4-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tourament.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00.  All the games at the Clemson regional will be televised by CSS.

NCAA Baseball Tournament scores

USC’s Tanner names Friday’s starter

USC baseball coach Ray Tanner today named Sam Dyson as his starting pitcher for the NCAA Regional opener against George Mason Friday afternoon in Greenville NC.  Tanner also had considered starting Blake Cooper who has been the Gamecocks’ best starter over the past month, but he decided to stick with Dyson who has been #1 in the rotation all season.  Lefthander Mike Modica will start for George Mason. He’s 11-1 with a 4.17 ERA. 

Clemson will start Trey Delk Friday night it their regional opener at home against Tennessee Tech.  The Golden Eagles are expected to start righthander Lee Henry who is 9-2 with a 2.96 ERA.