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Jack Leggett and Ryan Mottl celebrate earning a trip to the College World Series.

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CLEMSON, SC -- If Clemson coach Jack Leggett is a superstitious man, he'll visit
the mound during the second inning of every game in the College World
Series.


For the second straight night against Mississippi State, Leggett took out
his starting pitcher in the second inning - this time it was Scott Berney -
and both times it worked like a charm. After trailing early to the Bulldogs,
Clemson's pitching settled down and the Tigers defeated Mississippi State
9-4 Saturday night to earn a trip to the College World Series.


"We told them and promised them before the season started that we would get
them to the college world series and that's a tremendous burden," said
Leggett, who is taking his third Clemson team to the College World Series.


"The key was when we were behind early, we didn't panic."


Clemson swept the super regional against the Bulldogs in front of 6,392 at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium and will play in its ninth CWS starting next Friday.
Clemson's Steve Reba relieved Berney with one out in the second and gave up
two runs over the next 4 2/3 innings. Nick Glaser didn't give up a run over
the final three innings and made a defensive play that kept MSU from getting
back in the game.


He threw his glove up to stop a line drive by Ryan McGrath for the third out
in the seventh with the bases loaded and two out.


"It was a huge factor in the game," said MSU coach Pat McMahon. "It could
have been 8-6 if the ball gets through."


MSU took a 2-0 lead in the first. Berney gave up a double to Shane Kelley
and a single to Phillip Willingham to start the game. Travis Chapman drove
in Kelly with a single and Willingham scored on a groundout.


Clemson tied the game in the second. Khalil Greene walked with the bases
loaded to bring Bradley LeCroy home. The next batter, Jeff Baker, hit a ball
that shortstop Matthew Maniscalco misplayed. The error allowed Casey Stone
to score and tie the game 2-2.


Clemson scored three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead
against MSU starter Mark Freed. Singles by Brian Ellis and Patrick Boyd
drove in two runs while an error by MSU first baseman Jon Knott accounted
for another. In the firth, LeCroy's double drove in Mike Calitri and another
single by Ellis drove in Calitri.


MSU added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Tigers added another run
in the seventh when Calitri was hit by a pitch and then driven in on a
single by LeCroy to give Clemson an 8-3 lead.


"Offensively, I was very pleased with the way we hung in there against a
pretty tough lefthander (MSU's Mark Freed)," said Leggett. We made some good
adjustments and put the ball in play. I thought we put pressure on them all
weekend long with the way we hustled and the way we ran the bases."


The Bulldogs' most serious threat came in the bottom of the seventh. MSU
scored one run and then loaded the bases against Nick Glaser, who came in
for Reba after he gave up a single to Willingham to lead off the inning.


With the bases full, Glaser threw three balls to Ryan McGrath before he ran
the count full. McGrath fouled off two pitches and then sent the line drive
straight back at Glaser's head. Glaser threw his glove up to catch the ball
for the third out.


Clemson added a run in the ninth and Glaser shut down MSU the rest of the
way.


MULTIMEDIA

+ Tigers celebrate going to Omaha (Unedited, MPEG 600K)

+ Leggett on the line drive caught with bases loaded (MPEG 900K)

+ Steve Reba on coming in the game early (MPEG 400K)

+ Photo Gallery


BOXSCORE

Clemson at Mississippi State
Jun 03, 2000 at Clemson, SC (Kingsmore Stadium)

Clemson 9 (50-16)                                                   

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB
--------------------------------------------------------
Stone, Casey lf...........  5  1  2  0    0  0  1  0   0
Boyd, Patrick cf..........  4  0  2  1    1  0  2  0   2
Greene, Khalil 3b.........  3  0  0  1    2  3  0  6   0
Baker, Jeff ss............  5  0  1  0    0  2  0  3   3
Riley, Ryan 2b............  4  1  0  0    1  0  2  2   3
Calitri, Mike 1b..........  2  3  1  0    1  0 13  1   0
Singleton, Justin rf......  3  0  0  0    1  0  4  0   0
LeCroy, Bradley dh........  0  2  0  0    2  0  0  0   0
 Stanley, Henri ph/dh...... 3  1  3  3    0  0  0  0   0
Ellis, Brian c............  5  1  3  2    0  0  3  1   1
Berney, Scott p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
 Reba, Steve p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  1   0
 Glaser, Nick p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0   0
                                                        

Totals.................... 34  9 12  7    8  5 27 14   9

Mississippi State 4 (41-20)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB
--------------------------------------------------------
Kelly, Shane cf...........  5  1  2  0    0  1  4  0   3
Willingham, Phillip rf....  5  3  3  0    0  0  0  0   0
Chapman, Travis 3b........  5  0  2  1    0  0  0  3   1
Knott, Jon 1b.............  5  0  1  0    0  0 12  1   0
Martin, Ty dh.............  4  0  1  2    1  0  0  0   1
Rock, Jamie lf............  4  0  1  1    0  2  1  0   1
 Terry, Brian ph........... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   0
Wright, Daron 2b..........  3  0  1  0    1  0  2  3   2
McGrath, Ryan c...........  4  0  0  0    0  0  5  3   3
Maniscalco, Matthew ss....  3  0  0  0    1  0  3  4   0
Freed, Mark p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  2   0
 Estel, Justin p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1   0
 Larson, Adam p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1   0
 Dowe, Steven p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0

Totals.................... 39  4 11  4    3  4 27 18  11

Score by innings:                      R  H  E
----------------------------------------------
Clemson               002 320 101   -  9 12  2
Mississippi State     200 010 100   -  4 11  3
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E - GREENE(13), BAKER(21), KNOTT(11), McGRATH(7), MANISCALCO(14). 
DP - Clemson 1, Miss. State 2. LOB - Clemson 9, Miss. State 11. 
2B - STANLEY(5), KELLY(17). 
SB - BOYD(18), GREENE(12). CS - STONE(5). 
SH - CALITRI(5). 

Clemson                IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP      
--------------------------------------------------------------      
Berney, Scott.......  1.1   4   2   2   0   0   8  8         -      
Reba, Steve.........  4.2   5   2   1   2   2  19 21         -      
Glaser, Nick........  3.0   
Clemson                IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
----------------------------------------------------
Berney, Scott.......  1.1   4   2   2   0   0   8  8
Reba, Steve.........  4.2   5   2   1   2   2  19 21
Glaser, Nick........  3.0   2   0   0   1   2  12 13

Mississippi State      IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
----------------------------------------------------
Freed, Mark.........  3.2   5   5   3   5   1  14 20
Estel, Justin.......  1.0   3   2   2   2   1   5  7
Larson, Adam........  3.2   3   2   2   1   3  12 15             
Dowe, Steven........  0.2   1   0   0   0   0   3  3

Win - REBA 3-0.  Loss - FREED 9-2.  Save - GLASER (15).
WP - GLASER(3), LARSON(8). BK - BERNEY(1). CI - McGRATH. 
HBP - by LARSON (CALITRI). 
Umpires - Home:Andy Eaves  1st:Kirk Levine  2nd:Dan Peterson
3rd:Dave Wiley  
Start: 7:07   Time: 3:11   Attendance: 6392

Game Notes:
The attendance is a Clemson single-date record.                  
Clemson advances to the College World Series for the ninth time. 
Clemson wins 50 games for the ninth time.                        
Glaser sets Clemson single-season record with 15th save.         
REBA faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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