With two outs in the bottom of the ninth Connecticut scored the winning run to defeat Clemson 7-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The two teams will meet in a winner-take-all Monday night at 7 PM.
Justin Sarratt got the start for the Tigers and went 5.2 innings giving up eight hits and three earned runs. Sarratt threw 109 pitches with 68 strikes. Kevin Brady came in to pitch for the Tigers in the sixth. Brady went 1.2 innings giving up three hits and three earned runs. Alex Frederick came in and faced one batter for an out in the eighth. Scott Weismann went 1.0 innings giving up three hits and one earned run. It was the first run Weismann has given up since April 10 against Maryland.
The Tigers put up 12 hits, but left 13 runners on bases. Will Lamb was 3-5 on the night. Jeff Schaus was 2-5 while John Hinson went 2-6.
Connecticut jumped to the lead in the bottom of the second inning when they plated one run. The damage could have been worse as the Huskies left the bases loaded.
John Hinson got the first hit of the night for the Tigers as he beat out an infield single with two outs in the third. Hinson then stole second. Phil Pohl walked. Brad Miller singled up the middle to score Hinson from second. After the top of the third the score was tied at one.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the fourth inning. With one out Jeff Schaus singled to right. Schaus then stole second before Chris Epps walked. Jason Stolz singled to short to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom hit a sacrifice fly to score Schaus and put Clemson up 2-1.
In the top of the fifth Brad Miller walked with one out. Will Lamb singled to the right side advancing Miller to third. Lamb was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double. Richie Shaffer reached on a fielding error scoring Miller. The Tigers led 3-1 after the top of the fifth.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Chris Epps was safe on a bunt. Epps moved to second on a ground ball by Stolz. John Hinson singled to right to score Epps from second and stretch the lead to 4-1 Tigers.
Connecticut cut the lead to 4-3 thanks to a two-run homerun to right field in the sixth. The Huskies took the lead 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth.
The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth. Will Lamb singled to start the inning. With one out Jeff Schaus singled advancing Lamb to second. Chris Epps walked to load the bases. Clemson pinch hit Jon McGibbon for Jason Stolz. McGibbon went down swinging. With two outs Spencer Kieboom singled to right scoring Lamb and Schaus.
The Huskies were not done as they scored the game winning run with two outs in the ninth inning of Scott Weismann.
Clemson moved to 43-19 on the season with the victory. The Tigers and Huskies play Monday night at 7 PM with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals.