Tigers Are One Step Closer
|2006-06-05 10:41:25.0- -|
From preseason expectations to the present, the 2006 Clemson baseball team has had one goal, Omaha. This past weekend the Tigers took a big step towards that goal. Clemson advanced through regional play going 3-0 against UNC-Asheville, Elon, and Mississippi State.
The weather attempted to put the Tigers in a difficult situation with a weather suspension Friday night and delay Sunday. The Tigers cruised through a double-header on Saturday defeating UNC-Asheville 3-0 behind another standout performance by Sean Clark.
Clark was outstanding in an eight inning, three hit, shutout performance. Clark has now thrown 16 consecutive innings of shutout ball only allowing seven hits and surrendering three walks. He was named to the All-Regional team after Sunday night’s victory over Mississippi State.
The bats came alive on Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers executed a quick strike in the first inning. The Tigers scored 5 runs in the first against Elon and three against Mississippi State. An good recipe for success in the postseason is to score early and allow your pitchers to work ahead. Clemson did that and one better.
Clemson showed an ability to answer any kind run by their opponent. In the championship game Sunday, Clemson answered every time Mississippi State scored. When the Bulldogs took the lead 5-4, the Tigers quickly responded with three runs to go ahead for good.
There was a business like celebration after Daniel Moskos recorded the final out on a strikeout. This is a team that is focused and remains set on the one goal, Omaha.