All the buzz coming into Friday’s game was about the Southern Miss pitcher, but Scott Weismann stole the show. Weismann went seven innings and only gave up four hits and one earned run. The Tiger sophomore finished with six strikeouts and only one walk.
Clemson didn’t waste any time jumping on 11-0 Scott Copeland as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Will Lamb singled to right to start the inning. Mike Freeman doubled to left center to score Lamb. Jeff Schaus grounded out to second advancing Freeman to third. Kyle Parker hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Freeman.
The Tigers threatened to open a big lead in the second. Clemson loaded the bases with no outs, but couldn’t score any runs and left the bases loaded.
The Golden Eagles got on the board in the top of the fifth with one run. Clemson led 2-1 going to the bottom of the fifth.
Clemson responded in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Will Lamb hit a solo homer to right field. Mike Freeman reached second on an error. With two outs Kyle Parker hit a single to left field scoring Freeman. After five innings the Tigers led 4-1.
In the bottom of the sixth the Tigers broke the game open with six runs. John Hinson led things off with a homerun to right field. Wilson Boyd doubled off the center field wall with one out. Addison Johnson came in to run for Boyd. Spencer Kieboom walked and Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mike Freeman walked to load the bases. Jeff Schaus singled to right scoring Johnson and Kieboom. Schaus stole second and Freeman scored on a passed ball. Brad Miller singled to right scoring Schaus. After six innings the Tigers led 10-1.
Scott Firth came on for Weismann to start the eighth inning. Josh Trailkill came in for the Tigers in the ninth.
The Tigers advance in the winners bracket and will play the winner of the Auburn game vs. Jacksonville State Saturday night.