Harman Goes the Distance

Harman Goes the Distance

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Harman Goes the Distance

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The Tigers from Clemson stayed right on course from where they were on Friday afternoon with good defense, timely hitting, and masterful pitching, and defeated the number one seeded Tigers of Auburn on Saturday night 5-2.  Junior lefty Casey Harman pitched the game of this Tiger career, a complet game.  Just like teammate Scott Weismann, Casey did it at the right time too, striking out eight batters and giving up only one run on just three hits and only one walk.
Will Lamb got things started in the first with a lead off single that snuck through the middle of the infield, and Mike Freeman followed him up and blasted a two run shot over the right field fence, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead just minutes into the game.
Jeff Schaus then flied out, before Kyle Parker would walk and move to second on a Brad MIller single.  The next batter up, Jon Hinson, singled through the right side and scored Parker from second, putting the Tigers up 3-0.  Richie Shaffer ended the inning, striking out looking at the fifth pitch he faced, but the Tigers had started just the way they wanted, and led 3-0 after just one-half inning of play.
Clemson’s starting pitcher Casey Harman went to work with that lead, and work the hitters he did, getting ahead of the batters and working the plate to perfection.  The lefty  sat down the Auburn hitters in order to end the first, strikeout, strikeout, pop out.
Things would remain quiet for both teams through the next two innings and the score remained 3-0 Clemson after three innings.
Clemson again dented the scoreboard in the fourth inning.  Hinson led the inning off with a fly out to center field, but Shaffer was up next and he lined a one out double to left field to get things going.  Wilson Boyd then came to the plate and rocketed a double to left-center field to score Shaffer and put the Tigers up 4-0.  After Spencer Kieboom flied out to center, Will Lamb reached first and advanced to second all on a throwing error by Auburn third baseman Dan Gamache, and Wilson Boyd also scored an unearned run on the play to put the Tigers up 5-0.  Mike Freeman ended the fourth on a strike out but not before the Tigers had picked up those two runs on two hits in the inning.
After holding Auburn hitters scoreless again in the bottom of the fourth and going scoreless themselves in the top of the fifth, Clemson gave back one run in the bottom of the 5th on a solo, lead-off home run by Auburn designated hitter Tony Caldwell.  Harman stayed calm though, and retired the next three Auburn hitters in order, fly-out, ground out, ground out.
The two teams again hit a dry spell on the offensive side of things and neither team would score any runs through the next three innings.  Then Auburn threatened in the bottom of the 8th inning, getting runners on first and second with just one out before Harman again took control and sat down the next two batters on strikeouts, one swinging and one looking.
Clemson again went scoreless in the top of the ninth, and then Auburn went to work in the bottom of that inning trying to at least get things tied up and into a tenth inning.  It looked a little scary at first, when the first batter up Auburn first baseman Hunter Morris blasted a solo home run over the wall in left field and Caldwell followed that up with a single up the middle.  However, the next batter up hit into a double play before catcher Ryan Jenkins popped out to Kyle Parker in right field to end the game and finish off the masterful performance by Casey Harman.
The win puts the Tigers in the drivers seat of the Auburn regional for the time being, sitting at 2-0 and ready to face off against the winner of the Southern Miss/Auburn game tomorrow night at 6:00 CST.  Sophomore lefty Will Lamb is expected to get the start in that game.

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