CLEMSON, SC -- Mississippi State starting pitcher Kevin Donovan was unfortunate to encounter a very hot-hitting Tiger team on Friday night. Clemson entered Friday’s Super Regional having produced 34-runs in their last three games and continued their torrid pace with eleven runs against the Bulldogs.
“They’re a tough team to pitch to. They were hitting the ball hard off me all night long. They just got the runs when they counted,” the senior lefthander said.
The Tigers went on to pound out 14-hits on the evening, with all but two starters providing a hit.
“I think everybody was on their game tonight hitting wise,” said Tiger third-baseman Khalil Greene, one the Tiger hitting leaders with three hits and three runs scored.
“I think we hit well from top to bottom,” said Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett.
- Clemson’s victory over Mississippi State Friday night improved the Tigers’ record under Head Coach Jack Leggett to 40-16 against SEC competition.
- The crowd of 6,308 broke the all-time attendance record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. While Clemson fans provided boisterous support for the home team, Mississippi State’s contingent was sizable, making up roughly 1/3 of the overall crowd. Much to the pleasure of Clemson faithful, the Bulldog fans’ trademark cowbells were not allowed in the stadium, creating a peaceful contrast to last December’s Peach Bowl meeting between the two schools.
- The numbers favored Clemson heading into Friday night’s game, particularly in terms of the Tigers’ relative dominance at home and Mississippi State’s difficulties on the road. Clemson finished the season with a school-record 35-5 mark at Doug Kingsmore Stadium while the Bulldogs struggled to finish 13-11 on the road.
-Clemson’s .969 fielding percentage this season is currently on track to top the school’s all-time mark of .967, set by the 1976 squad. Second baseman Ryan Riley leads the Tigers with a .982 percentage.
- The Tigers improved their all-time record against Mississippi State to 6-3. The two teams last met in 1991 Northeast Regional in Orono, Maine, with Clemson winning 10-9.
- Jack Leggett’s 14-year old daughter, Colby, sat on a bench in the walkway between the McFadden Center and Jervey Gymnasium throughout a portion of the night’s game, her back facing the field. “It’s too nerve-racking,” she said.
After the game Leggett laughed when he learned of his daughter’s case of nerves.
“They (Leggett’s family) live and die with it just like I do and it means a lot to them. I guess that my frame of mind means a lot to them as far as how everybody works at home,” he said.
Colby eventually returned to the stadium after the third inning, just in time to see the Tigers take command of the game