Clemson took a 6-1 lead into the resumption of Tuesday’s suspended game and held on for a 6-4 victory over Oklahoma in Game 8 of the Men’s College World Series, Wednesday at Rosenblatt Stadium
After Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, the Tigers took advantage of erratic Sooner pitching to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Bobby Shore walked the bases loaded to open the bottom of the fourth. The next batter, Johns Hinson, lined a RBI single to center field to tie the score at 1-1. Richie Shaffer then connected on a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Kyle Parker, giving Clemson a 2-1 advantage. After Wilson Boyd walked to load the bases, Spencer Kieboom singled through the right side, scoring two runs and increasing the lead to 4-1.
Clemson scored a pair of runs in the fifth. With two outs, Kyle Parker tripled to center field, and scored on a dropped fly ball by Sooners left fielder Max White off the bat of Brad Miller. Hinson then produced another RBI single to right, scoring Miller to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead. Following the Tigers at bat, play was suspended due to lightning and heavy rain.
Play resumed Wednesday with the Sooners batting against the Tigers’ new pitcher Will Lamb who came on in relief of Clemson starter Scott Weisman and J.R. Robinson was on the mound for Oklahoma.
In the sixth, both teams were held scoreless but in the seventh, the Sooners’ Cameron Seitzer deposited a 3-1 pitch from Lamb into the right field bleachers, slimming the Tigers lead to 6-2. Lamb bounced back, striking out the next three batters to limit the Sooner rally to just one run.
The Sooners struck again in the eighth when Tyler Ogle hit a solo homerun on a 3-1 count to right field to bring the Sooners within 6-3. After the home run, Lamb issued a walk and Danny Black doubled off the right field wall to put runners in scoring position with two outs. But Clemson reliever Dominic Leone stopped the rally. After issuing a walk, Leone got pinch-hitter Casey Johnson to pop out to end the threat.
In the ninth, the Sooners started with a Chris Ellison single to left to lead off the inning. After reliever Alex Frederick got a ground outand a strikeout, OU catcher Tyler Ogle doubled in the right centerfield gap to pull OU within 6-4. The Sooners would get no closer as Frederick got Cody Reine to fly out to end the game.
Clemson post game press conference…
(Jack Leggett, John Hinson, Scott Weismann, Alex Frederick)
Oklahoma post game press conference…
(Sonny Galloway, Tyler Ogle, Cameron Seitzer, Bobby Shore)
Clemson improves their record to 45-23 and are now 2-0 in the College World Series for just the second time in their 12 appearances. The Sooners suffer their first loss of the tournament (1-1) and drop their record to 50-17 on the season. The Sooners will face South Carolina on Thursday in an elimination game starting at 6 p.m. CT, and Clemson sits just one win away from the CWS Championship Finals and will play on Friday at 6 p.m. CT on Friday.