The Clemson Tiger baseball team was 27 outs away from a trip to Omaha in the College World Series. Baylor however had different plans jumping out to an early lead and cruising to a 7-1 victory. The Bears denied the Tigers their first trip to Omaha since 2002 at least for another day.
Josh Cribb came into the game giving up just three earned runs in his last 34 innings pitch. Cribb struggled getting the third out all afternoon. Baylor scored five of the seven runs with two outs.
Mark McCormick did not give the Clemson hitters many chances. The scouting report detailed his fastball that reached 98 mph, but it was his 12-6 breaking ball that made him so effective. The Tigers missed a vitale opportunity to rattle McCormick in the first inning.
Herman Demmink led the game off with a double. Brad Chalk followed with a walk. Taylor Harbin hit into a double play, and Tyler Colvin struck out to end the inning. Colvin continued his struggles as he only has two hits in postseason play.
It is a very familiar situation for the team. They have been knocked down several times this season, and they must answer the count once again on Monday. LHP Robert Rohrbaugh will start for the Tigers versus LHP Cory VanAllen for Baylor. Rohrbaugh earned the save in Game 1 against Baylor.
First pitch is scheduled for either 1 pm or 7 pm.