Clemson Defeats Birmingham Southern 10-6


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ATHENS--Fueled by a six-run outburst in the second inning, Clemson outslugged Birmingham Southern 10-6 Friday in the NCAA Athens Regional at Foley Field.


The Tigers (37-24) trailed 2-0 going to the bottom of the first following Connor Robertson's 20th home run of the season, a two-run shot off Tiger starter Robert Rohrbaugh. However, Clemson answered with a six-spot. Offensively, the Tigers were led by Travis Storrer (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) and Lou Santangelo (2-for-5, 3 RBI) while Brad McCann drew four walks and hit a home run when BSC did pitch to him.


Tiger reliever Steven Jackson came on for Rohrbaugh in the third and picked up the win to move to 4-3 on the year. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits over 2.2 innings. He had just one walk and recorded five strikeouts. Josh Cribb, Clemson's third pitcher of the ninth, tossed four scoreless innnings with five strikeouts for the save.



"I was able to get in a comfort zone," said Cribb. "Our offense is going to pick us up. I had to go out there and throw strikes. We knew they (BSC) liked to swing early so I wanted to throw a lot of first pitch strikes. My curveball and fastball were working well. "

BSC ace Wes Letson was lifted after five innings, allowing 10 runs on nine hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Letson dropped to 12-3 on the year. Adam Tucker enjoyed a solid night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base to lead BSC's nine-hit attack.


The Panthers (46-17) now face Middle Tennessee State in an elimination game Saturday at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, Clemson takes on Georgia in a winner's bracket contest at 3 p.m. The Georgia-Clemson winner advances to the championship game Sunday while the loser plays an elimination game at 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the BSC-MTSU early game.


Birmingham Southern 6 (46-17)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Michael Cline rf......... 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0
Matt Bogue cf............ 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3
Jared Walker lf.......... 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 2 0
Connor Robertson 1b...... 4 1 1 2 0 2 7 4 0
Ryan Griffith c.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 1 0
Adam Tucker dh........... 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Barber ss........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2
Pat Mizerany 3b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0
Jonathan Sanford ph..... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Wydner 2b........ 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 1 0
Wes Letson p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Scott Johnson p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ronny Woods p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals................... 35 6 9 5 2 11 24 16 5

Clemson Tigers 10 (37-24)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Sipp, Tony cf/lf......... 5 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Storrer, Travis rf....... 5 2 2 3 0 2 1 0 0
Evans, Garrick cf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McCann, Brad 3b.......... 1 2 1 1 4 0 1 4 0
Santangelo, Lou c........ 5 0 2 3 0 0 10 1 0
Harvey, Kris dh.......... 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 1
D'Alessio, Andy 1b....... 3 1 1 0 1 0 10 0 2
Triplett, Russell ss..... 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 0
Demmink, Herman 2b....... 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
Hub, Ryan lf............. 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Green, Zane ph/lf....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Rohrbaugh, Robert p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jackson, Steven p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cribb, Josh p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals................... 29 10 12 10 8 4 27 11 6

Score by Innings R H E
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Birmingham Southern. 203 100 000 - 6 9 1
Clemson Tigers...... 160 111 00X - 10 12 1
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E - Mizerany(6); DEMMINK(12). DP - Bham South 2;
Clemson 1. LOB - Bham South 5; Clemson 6.
2B - Walker(22); SIPP(11); STORRER(12); SANTANGELO 2(14).
HR - Robertson(20); Tucker(9); Wydner(2);
STORRER(5); McCANN(16). SH - Bogue(10); TRIPLETT 2(5).
SF - DEMMINK(1). SB - Griffith(6); Tucker(1). CS -
SANTANGELO(1).

Birmingham Southern IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Wes Letson.......... 5.0 9 10 10 5 3 20 28
Scott Johnson....... 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Ronny Woods......... 2.2 3 0 0 3 0 8 11

Clemson Tigers IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Rohrbaugh, Robert... 2.1 5 5 5 1 1 10 12
Jackson, Steven..... 2.2 3 1 1 1 5 12 13
Cribb, Josh......... 4.0 1 0 0 0 5 13 13

Win - JACKSON (4-3). Loss - Letson (12-3). Save - CRIBB (2).
WP - Johnson(2); JACKSON(3). BK - JACKSON(1).
Umpires - HP: Tom Svehla 1B: Jim Garman
2B: Ray Belfiore 3B: Phil Benson
Start: 7:06 Time: 2:52 Attendance: 1709
Letson faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Game: 6042

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