Boy, Clemson is really getting its money’s worth in Omaha. The Tigers have been to Rosenblatt Stadium to play every day since Sunday and they’ll be back again this afternoon to complete a rain and lightning delayed game with Oklahoma.
Fortunately, despite the forces of nature, the Tigers are winning. They took care of Arizona State Monday and they have a 6-1 lead on Oklahoma through five innings. The action will resume at 4:30 this afternoon with the Sooners batting in the top half of the sixth.
SCRN reporter Jake Ryan reports from Omaha
It is nothing short of incredible that the Tigers are 12 outs away from taking firm control of its side of the bracket and moving within one win of advancing to the national championship series. They have done all of this despite a rocky end to the season (series losses at Duke and Wake Forest and a 1-3 record in the ACC Tournament), shaky defense (another error by Miller in the yet to be concluded OU game) and a bullpen that is still suspect (these last 12 outs could be interesting).
We still don’t know who Jack Leggett will send out to the mound when play resumes today. Scott Weismann was solid in his start last night. He allowed the one run and three hits and walked two in his five innings of work. He’ll count on the aforementioned bullpen to close it out this afternoon. The five run cushion will make it a much easier task.
If Clemson can close it out today they will be off until Friday night. They would play the winner of USC and Oklahoma at 7:00. Whichever team they play would have to beat them twice to advance to the championship.
Clemson has dealt with a lot of dark clouds and rain this week, but they have still managed to play themselves into a bright scenario in this tournament.