Tigers Sweep Through Regional

by - Correspondent -

Clemson capped off a perfect weekend with an 8-3 victory over Oral Roberts to win the 2005 Clemson Regional. It was the same story with a new face on the other side. Clemson was led by solid pitching from starter Robert Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh picked up right where Josh Cribb left off. Rohrbaugh pitched 7.0 innings striking out nine and zero walks.

After a 45 minute weather delay, Herman Demmink led the game off with a walk. Demmink moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Chalk. A wild pitch moved Demmink over to third, and he later scored on a past ball with two outs.

The Tigers clung to a 1-0 lead into fourth inning. ORU starter Rene Recio had appeared to have good hold on the Tiger hitters until Kris Harvey came to the plate with two outs. Harvey rifled a pitch over left center for his 23rd home run of the season. Travis Storrer followed with a walk. Andy D'Alessio came to the plate next. Head Coach Jack Leggett turned D'Alessio loose on a 3-0 pitch, and D'Alessio delivered a two-run home run over left field to put the Tigers up 4-0.

ORU shortstop Michael Hollimon touched up Rohrbaugh for a solo home run in the fifth inning. It would be the only run Rohrbaugh would allow on the evening.

Clemson did not allow ORU to gain any momentum. Harvey delivered his second home run (24) of the game to answer Hollimon's shot. ORU reliever Tim Robertson tried to pitch Harvey outside, but he was able to muscle the ball out of the park to the opposite field. Storrer laid a beautiful bunt down the third base line to reach first. Then, D'Alessio nailed a double to left center to plate Storrer. It was D'Alessio fourth double of the weekend.

Tyler Colvin had an RBI single in the seventh to score Taylor Harbin.

In the ninth inning, Chalk walked with two outs. Coach Leggett pinch hit senior co-captain Daniel Pritchard for Taylor Harbin. Chalk advanced to second on a wild pitch. Pritchard came through with his second hit of the season to score Chalk. David Kopp came on to finish the game. Despite giving up four hits and 2 runs, Kopp forced Kelly Minissale to line out to D'Alessio, who tagged Brian Aguailar for the game ending unassisted double play.

The Tigers will face either Baylor or Stanford. Stanford must defeat Baylor twice on Monday to advance to the Super Regionals. If Stanford advances, Clemson will host Stanford in the Super Regionals. If Baylor wins, the Tigers must head out to Waco, Texas for an opportunity to advance to Omaha.

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