With the Tiger victory, we now wait for the NCAA to determine the host for the Super Regional. Alabama defeated #1-seed GT in Atlanta, so now as we're both #2s, the NCAA determines the host by $$$$-bid.
Same deal as Miss. State a few years ago. The Clemson radio broadcast states that we will host, but we await confirmation.
Edit: Clemson will be hosting next weekend.
Clemson will play host to Alabama in the NCAA Super Regional, Saturday, June 12 through Monday, June 14 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Saturday game will begin at 6:00 PM, while the Sunday game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM. Monday's if necessary game would start at 7:00 PM. The two teams will play a best two out of three series with the winner moving on to the College World Series.
All three games will be televised. Saturday night's game will be on ESPNU, while the Sunday and Monday games are scheduled for ESPN2.
Ticket information for the Super Regional will be announced on Tuesday morning.
The first two games couldn't have gone any better. Weismann punched out Southern Miss Friday afternoon in a 10-1 Clemson win, then Casey Harman dominated the SEC's best offensive club in a complete game victory Saturday night 5-2.
Harman (7-2) pitched his first career complete game to earn the win. In 9.0 innings pitched, he allowed just five hits, two runs, and one walk with eight strikeouts against a team that entered the regional first in the nation in homers, second in slugging percentage, seventh in batting average, and ninth in runs per game. Harman also limited Auburn to 0-for-11 with runners on base and 0-for-9 with two outs. It was the first complete game by a Clemson hurler in 2010 as well.
It was definitely the best I've ever seen Harman pitch, and he made some of the gutsiest pitches you could ask a guy to make. Whenever Auburn looked to get something going, he slammed the door.
Last night though, was a different story.
Will Lamb got the start, and was all over the place. He didn't fool any Auburn hitters. Auburn jumped up 5-1 early, but Clemson came back with a 7-run 5th inning to make it 8-5.
But we were in the bullpen and nobody could do anything right. Auburn beat up Haselden before we brought in Tomas Cruz.....who when given the ball could not throw it 60 feet 6 inches.
Cruz bounced 3 pitches up there in his warmup tosses, and then couldnt throw any to the catcher with live hitters up there. He hit the 1st batter he faced and walked the 2nd, walking in a run to make it 8-7 Clemson. He then gave up an RBI single before John Hinson barehanded a grounder to end the inning with it tied up.
And yet Jack left him in. The guy had nothing and Jack left him in.
Clemson went ahead again 9-8 in the bottom of the frame with a Freeman RBI Double, and miraculously Cruz got through the 8th inning without throwing more than 4 good pitches by my count. It was like watching Kyle Petty win a race, you know everybody else had to just not try for this to happen.
And yet Jack left him in.
In the 9th, Cruz got 2 men on base again, and when we had Kevin Brady ready to come in with his 94mph fastball, Jack left Cruz in. With 2 strikes and 2 outs Auburn belted one over the left field wall to go up 11-9, and we lost 11-10. This loss is squarely on Jack Leggett's head. It wasnt that Cruz hung one, but that Jack saw the guy had been throwing shit up there and still left him in the game to finish it. He couldnt throw anything without bouncing it to the plate and Jack LEFT HIM IN THE GAME to blow it. Clemson should've been at home resting tonight already.
Tonight was just as horrid to watch for a pitching buff, with Firth unable to throw one 60 feet 6" either, and Leone doing hardly any better. KP put us up 3-0 and we blew it but kept responding when Auburn would score. This, along our defense, was the most encouraging part of the entire weekend.
We eventually put it out of reach for a 13-7 Clemson win, and the Auburn announcers jumped off the Press Box after the game to a gruesome death.