Clemson Wins Regional with 21-1 Decision over ECU


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CLEMSON - When Jason Mandryk's first pitch left Doug Kingsmore Stadium
courtesy of a Zane Green leadoff homerun, little did he know the high point
of his Sunday afternoon had already come and gone.


Clemson battered Mandryk and seven other East Carolina pitchers for 21 hits -
including six in a 12-run sixth inning - in a 21-1 victory over the Pirates,
clinching the NCAA Regional championship. The Tigers advance to this
weekend's Super Regional, where they will face an Arkansas that won the
Wichita State Regional.


The site for the Super Regional best two-of-three weekend will be announced
today, though Clemson hosting the tournament is considered a virtual lock.


"We're very pleased with how we played all weekend long," said Clemson head
coach Jack Leggett. "Our pitching was excellent, we played well defensively
and got some big hits...We just hit on all cylinders."


The Tigers (50-14) - technically the visitors in this matchup - plated runs
in six of their nine at-bats Sunday afternoon. Clemson pounded three home
runs - Green's first-pitch shot to right in the first, and two others by
Michael Johnson (three-run) and Jarrod Schmidt (two-run) in the 12-run sixth
inning.


The sixth-inning explosion set a school record for runs in a single inning in
an NCAA Tournament game. The previous high was 10, set against East Tennessee
State in 1980.


Johnson finished with the best day statistically, collecting three hits and
five RBI. Schmidt had four hits and drove in three runs.


Khalil Greene had two hits, including his 91st career double. That ties him
for second in NCAA history with Phil Stevenson of Wichita State, three off
the all-time record of 94 set by Mark Staniford - also of Wichita State - set
in the 1980s.


Greene finished as the tournament's Most Valuable Player, finishing the three
games 8-for-13 with two home runs, four doubles, three RBI and nine runs
scored to go along with flawless defense at shortstop.


In all, 10 of the 15 position players who made an appearance collected at
least one hit.


"I think we're starting to swing the bats better," Leggett said. "Our kids
are starting to see the ball better, so I'm glad to see that. I didn't really
have it in my mind that this game was going to be like this...I thought it
was going to be real close."


Freshman lefthander Tyler Lumsden (4-1) was the beneficiary of the huge
offensive day, pitching five solid innings for the victory. Lumsden allowed
six hits and the Pirates' (43-20-1) only run, striking out four and walking
just one.


Paul Harrelson, B.J. LaMura, Thomas Boozer and Patrick Hogan each pitched one
scoreless inning to close it out.


Sunday's performance wrapped up an impressive weekend for the entire Clemson
pitching staff, which allowed just two earned runs in the three games played.


2002 Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team

SP - Steve Reba, Clemson

SP - Matt Henrie, Clemson

C - Clayton McCullough, East Carolina

1B - Darryl Lawhorn, East Carolina

2B - Gary Morris, Elon

SS - Khalil Greene, Clemson

3B - Jeff Baker, Clemson

OF - Jarrod Schmidt, Clemson

OF - Kyle Frank, Clemson

OF - Ben Sanderson, East Carolina

DH - Zane Green, Clemson

MVP - Khalil Greene, Clemson


Clemson 21 (50-14)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Green, Zane dh          4   2   2   1   0   1   0   0   1
 Miller, Seth ph/dh     2   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0
Greene, Khalil ss       5   3   2   1   1   0   1   7   0
Baker, Jeff 3b          3   2   0   1   1   0   0   1   1
 Slevin, David ph/2b    2   0   0   1   0   1   0   1   2
Johnson, Michael 1b     3   3   3   5   2   0   9   0   0
 Hourigan, Jeff 1b      2   0   1   0   0   0   3   1   0
Valiente, Roberto lf    7   3   4   2   0   1   2   0   1
Schmidt, Jarrod rf      7   3   4   3   0   0   1   0   4
Frank, Kyle cf          2   1   1   1   0   0   1   0   0
 DeMaino, L.J. pr/cf    2   1   1   0   0   0   1   0   0
Triplett, Russell 2b    1   1   0   2   2   0   0   1   0
 Evans, Garrick 2b/3b   2   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   2
Pyzik, Steve c          3   1   0   0   1   0   4   1   1
 Mahoney, Collin c      2   1   2   0   0   0   4   0   0
Lumsden, Tyler p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Harrelson, Paul p      0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 LaMura, B.J. p 0       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Boozer, Thomas p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hogan, Patrick p       0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Totals......            47  21  21  17  8   4   27  12  12

East Carolina 1 (43-20-1)

Player                  AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Gaspar, Warren cf       2   0   1   0   1   0   2   0   0
 Cavanaugh, B ph/rf     2   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   1
Sorenson, Jedd 2b       3   0   1   1   0   0   2   4   0
 O'Sullivan, Kevin 2b   2   0   0   0   0   0   3   1   2
Lawhorn, Darryl 1b/3b   4   0   0   0   0   2   10  2   4
Stephens, Adam dh       2   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Vick, Daniel ph/dh     1   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0
McCullough, Clayton c   3   0   0   0   0   1   2   0   0
 Poppert, John c        1   0   1   0   0   0   2   0   0
Ward, Bryant 3b         3   0   1   0   0   1   1   2   0
 Norwood, Ryan 1b       1   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   2
Cherry, Luke ss         4   0   0   0   0   1   1   5   1
Jones, Ryan rf/cf       4   0   1   0   0   2   1   0   0
Sanderson, Ben lf       4   1   3   0   0   0   0   0   0
Mandryk, Jason p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Capps, Ashley p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Tourangeau, Jason p    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Mattison, Kieran p     0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Bunn, Greg p           0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Tucker, Glenn p        0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Sears, Neal p          0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Narron, Sam p          0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......            36  1   10  1   2   8   27  15  10

Score by Innings                       R  H  E
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Clemson............. 132 20(12) 001 - 21 21  0
East Carolina....... 001 000    000 -  1 10  4
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E - GASPAR(5); WARD(22); NORWOOD(2); NARRON(1). DP - 
E. Carolina 1. LOB - Clemson 12; E. Carolina 10. 2B - 
GREENE(29); FRANK(18); MAHONEY(6); SORENSON(11). 
HR - GREEN(2); JOHNSON(21); SCHMIDT(11). HBP - GREENE; BAKER;
FRANK. SH - FRANK(3); TRIPLETT(4). SB - FRANK(7). CS - 
STEPHENS(1).

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Lumsden, Tyler      5.0 6   1   1   1   4   20  21
Harrelson, Paul     1.0 0   0   0   0   1   3   3
LaMura, B.J.        1.0 1   0   0   0   3   4   4
Boozer, Thomas      1.0 1   0   0   1   0   4   5
Hogan, Patrick      1.0 2   0   0   0   0   5   5

East Carolina       IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Mandryk, Jason      1.1 3   4   4   3   0   6   9
Capps, Ashley       1.2 5   4   4   1   0   8   11
Tourangeau, Jason   2.0 2   3   3   2   2   8   11
Mattison, Kieran    0.0 2   4   2   1   0   2   4
Bunn, Greg          1.0 3   5   0   0   0   7   8
Tucker, Glenn       1.0 2   0   0   0   1   5   5
Sears, Neal         1.0 2   0   0   0   1   5   5
Narron, Sam         1.0 2   1   0   1   0   6   7

Win - LUMSDEN (4-1).  Loss - MANDRYK (7-4).  Save - None.
WP - TOURANGEAU 3(6); BUNN(3); SEARS(3). HB - 
TOURANGEAU; MATTISON; BUNN. BK - CAPPS(1).
Umpires - Home:Jeff Henrichs  1st:Mike Rose
2nd:John Ausmus  3rd:Ray Belfiore
Start: 2:02   Time: 3:01   Attendance: 3886
Game notes:
Game 6 of Clemson (SC) Regional.
Clemson will play Wichita (KS) Regional winner 
Friday in Super Regional.
East Carolina is eliminated.
CAPPS faced 2 batters in the 4th.
TOURANGEAU faced 3 batters in the 6th.
MATTISON faced 4 batters in the 6th.


BONUS COVERAGE


CLEMSON, SC - Zane Green sent the first pitch of the game over the fence in right and sent top-seeded Clemson on its way to a 21-1 victory over East Carolina in the Championship Game of the Clemson Regional Sunday afternoon before 3,886 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Leading 8-1, the Tigers reeled off 12 runs in the sixth inning, the most runs ever scored by Clemson in one inning of NCAA Tournament play, to turn the game into a runaway.


Green, batting in the leadoff spot for the first time all season, hit his second home run of the series and of his career. The long ball was only the beginning as Clemson scored in each of the first four innings, including three runs in the second. Jarrod Schmidt led off the frame with a single and scored when Kyle Frank's double was mishandled by center fielder Warren Gaspar. Frank moved to third on a groundout and then stole home for the second run of the inning. Khalil Greene extended his hitting streak to 30 games with an RBI-single that extended the lead to 4-0.


Three straight hits led off the Clemson third, the last of which was an RBI-single by Schmidt. Russell Triplett executed a squeeze bunt to plate another run. East Carolina broke through in the bottom of the third when Jedd Sorenson hit a two-out double to left field that plated Ben Sanderson. In the fourth, Michael Johnson roped a single through a drawn in infield to score two runs and extend the lead to 8-1.


Clemson erased any doubt about the outcome in the sixth. East Carolina used three pitchers in the inning, but none of the hurlers had success slowing down the Tiger bats. Fifteen batters came to the plate and the inning was capped by a three-run homer by Michael Johnson and a two-run homer by Schmidt, who also singled in the inning. The inning was the second highest scoring sixth inning in Clemson history, behind a 14-run frame against Maine in 1998. The Tigers added a run in the ninth to make the final margin 21-1.


Freshman Tyler Lumsden (4-1) pitched five innings of one-run baseball, allowing six hits while striking out four and walking one, to earn the win for Clemson (50-14). Jason Mandryk (7-4) got the loss for East Carolina (43-20-1). Roberto Valiente and Schmidt both went 4-7 to lead the attack while Johnson had a team-high five RBIs. Johnson, Schmidt, Green, Frank, Greene, Jeff Baker and pitchers Steve Reba and Matt Henrie were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Darryl Lawhorn, Clayton McCullough and Ben Sanderson made the All-Tournament Team for East Carolina. Greene was also named the Tournament MVP.


Clemson reached the 50-win plateau for the seventh time since 1990 and will advance to the Super Regional round for the fourth straight season. The Tigers will play either Arkansas or Oral Roberts from the Wichita State Regional in a best-of-three series beginning on Friday.

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