Clemson Advances to Super-Regional With 21-3 Blowout


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CLEMSON, SC - Not even Middle Tennessee coach Steve Peterson's wife couldn't
convince him his pitching could last Sunday against Clemson.


"My wife was telling me how everything was going to work great and work
great, but in my mind I was thinking if we start getting beat up on the
mound we're in trouble," said Peterson.


Big trouble.


MTSU (39-23) scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead
against Clemson starter Jarrod Schmidt. Clemson (48-16) then scored 20
unanswered runs to win 21-3 in front of 4,017 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium and
advance to the super regional next weekend against Mississippi State.


"Jarrod really settled in and we played excellent defensively," said Clemson
coach Jack Leggett. "We put pressure on them in nearly every inning."


Clemson scored two in the top of the second to tie the game 3-3 and scored
one in the third and fourth innings. Clemson left no doubt about the outcome
with five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings and six in the seventh to
take a 21-3 lead.


Second baseman and ninth hitter Ryan Riley drove in five runs for Clemson.
He drove in two with a single in the second and two with another single in
the sixth.


Designated hitter Henri Stanley went 4-for-5 and scored four times.


"Our hitting was lackluster yesterday, but it's hard to hold our bats down,"
said Stanley.


Jarrod Schmidt earned a visit from pitching coach Kevin O'Sullivan after
giving up two runs in the first. MTSU loaded the bases against Schmidt
before Wes Whitehead flew out to center to end the inning.


Schmidt then retired the next nine batters and didn't allow another run
before Steve Reba came in to start the seventh inning.


"I left a lot of balls out over the plate," said Schmidt (9-0). "After that
things worked out well."


Jamie Powers lasted just one inning for MTSU before giving way to six
different relievers.


"I was looking for a good start out of our pitching. I'm a pitching defense
guy. If we can stay close we'll play good enough defense to keep us in the
ball game. I didn't expect a shut out or anything like that, but I hoped we
could stay in the game. I would have liked to have seen what would have
happened if we had kept it close."


Clemson will find out on Monday at 3:30 if it will host the super regional.


"We're a fourth seed in the country coming in and took care of business this
weekend and did what we had to do," said Leggett. "The way things have gone
in the past they keep going with the higher seed.


"I haven't been speculating that that it would be held anyplace but Clemson.
Our financial bid is very competitive. The reason they seeded the top eight
teams in the beginning was to say if these eight teams win, they would be
the super regional host. That's the reason you seed those eight teams in
the beginning. I would think that we would get a super regional tomorrow to
be quite honest with you."


Regional All-Tournament Team

MVP--Casey Stone, Clemson



1B--Kris Lammers, Middle Tennessee

2B--Ryan Riley, Clemson

3B--*Craig Marquie, Illinois

SS--Tim Hummel, Old Dominion

OF--*Casey Stone, Clemson

OF--Jeff Parson, Middle Tennessee

OF--Justin Singleton, Clemson

C--*Brian Ellis, Clemson

P--*Ryan Mottl, Clemson

P--Jason Anderson, Illinois

DH/UT--Henri Stanley, Clemson

*Unanimous selection


BOXSCORE

Clemson at Middle Tennessee
May 28, 2000 at CLemson, SC (Kingsmore Stadium)

Clemson 21 (48-16)                                              

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB
--------------------------------------------------------
Stone, Casey lf...........  7  2  2  3    0  0  2  0   0
Boyd, Patrick cf..........  7  1  4  3    0  2  1  0   0
Greene, Khalil 3b.........  7  0  1  2    0  2  0  3   0
Baker, Jeff ss............  5  0  1  1    0  1  4  3   4
 LeCroy, Bradley ph/ss..... 1  0  0  1    0  0  2  2   0
Stanley, Henri dh.........  5  4  4  0    1  1  0  0   1
Calitri, Mike 1b..........  3  2  2  1    1  1  3  0   2
 Johnson, Michael ph/1b.... 2  1  1  0    0  1  5  1   0
Ellis, Brian c............  4  3  2  0    0  2  5  0   1
 Pyzik, Steve c............ 1  0  0  0    0  1  1  0   0
Singleton, Justin rf......  3  3  2  2    1  0  1  0   0
 Hub, Ryan ph/rf........... 2  1  2  0    0  0  0  0   0
Riley, Ryan 2b............  2  3  2  5    1  0  2  1   0
 Holstad, Brian ph/2b...... 2  1  1  1    0  0  1  2   1
Schmidt, Jarrod p.........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Reba, Steve p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Additon, Matt p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Glaser, Nick p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
Totals.................... 51 21 24 19    4 11 27 12   9        
 
Middle Tennessee 3 (39-23)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB
--------------------------------------------------------
Renick, Josh 2b...........  5  1  3  0    0  1  0  5   0
Lammers, Kris 1b..........  4  1  2  1    0  0  7  0   0
 Howarth, Jason 3b......... 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   2
Pride, Josh c.............  4  0  0  0    0  1 12  0   0
 Smeets, Tjerk c........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
Peck, Bryan rf............  3  0  0  0    0  0  2  0   0
Links, Justin lf..........  4  1  1  0    0  0  1  0   2
 Skillman, Kyle pr......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Sims, Justin lf........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0   0
Thomas, Kyle dh...........  3  0  2  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Conchin, Jason pr/dh...... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   1
Parsons, Jeff cf..........  4  0  2  1    0  1  1  0   0
 Kunicki, Doug pr.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
Johnson, Brandon 3b.......  2  0  0  0    1  2  0  2   0
 Brannon, Greg 1b.......... 1  0  0  0    0  0  2  0   0
Whitehead, Wes ss.........  4  0  0  0    0  0  1  3   3
Powers, Jamie p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Sparkman, Kyle p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Howard, Brad p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Armstrong, Jeremy p....... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0  
 Griffith, Matthew p....... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0  
 Allen, Brett p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0  
 Roberts, Jason p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1   0  
 
Totals.................... 36  3 10  2    1  6 27 11   8  


Score by innings:                      R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Clemson               121 155 600   - 21 24  1
Middle Tennessee      300 000 000   -  3 10  3
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E - LeCROY(6), RENICK(10), PECK 2(5). 
DP - Clemson 1, MT 1. LOB - Clemson 9, MT 8. 
2B - BOYD 2(18), CALITRI 2(9), JOHNSON(9), RENICK(18).
3B - LAMMERS(3). 
SB - STONE(23), GREENE(11), STANLEY 2(16), SINGLETON(4). 

Clemson                IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
----------------------------------------------------
Schmidt, Jarrod.....  6.0   8   3   3   1   5  25 26
Reba, Steve.........  1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3  3
Additon, Matt.......  1.0   0   0   0   0   1   3  4
Glaser, Nick........  1.0   2   0   0   0   0   5  5
                                                    
Middle Tennessee       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
----------------------------------------------------
Powers, Jamie.......  1.0   6   3   2   0   2   9  9
Sparkman, Kyle......  3.0   5   4   4   2   2  13 15
Howard, Brad........  0.2   2   3   3   1   2   4  6
Armstrong, Jeremy...  1.1   5   5   4   1   2   9 10
Griffith, Matthew...  0.0   5   6   5   0   0   6  7
Allen, Brett........  2.0   1   0   0   0   3   7  7
Roberts, Jason......  1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3  3

Win - SCHMIDT 9-0.  Loss - SPARKMAN 2-2.  Save - None.
WP - SCHMIDT(5), POWERS(11), SPARKMAN(5). PB - PRIDE(20). 
HBP - by HOWARD (RILEY), by GRIFFITH (ELLIS), by ADDITON (PECK).
Umpires - Home:Frank Sylvester  1st:Warren Bumpus  
2nd:Shawn Vellek 3rd:Tom McKinney  
Start: 2:03   Time: 3:05   Attendance: 4017

Game Notes:
Clemson advances to Super Regional vs. Miss. St.-Notre
Dame winner.        
Middle Tennessee is eliminated.                                 
Clemson sets season highs for runs and hits.                    
Clemson sets school record for hits in an NCAA Tournament game. 
POWERS faced 3 batters in the 2nd.
SPARKMAN faced 2 batters in the 5th.
GRIFFITH faced 7 batters in the 7th.

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