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#14 Clemson Tops Oklahoma State 15-1 Sunday Night to Force Championship Game Monday Night

#14 Clemson Tops Oklahoma State 15-1 Sunday Night to Force Championship Game Monday Night

May 31, 2009

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Clemson, SC (AP) ­-

The Clemson Tigers, who had to win twice Sunday just to stay in the tournament, look like the fresher team for Monday’s championship game of the Clemson Regional.

Freshman lefthander Chris Dwyer pitched 8 2/3 innings, striking out 13 and allowing only six hits as the top-seeded Tigers routed Oklahoma State 15-1 Sunday night.

The two teams, which each have one loss in the double-elimination tournament, will play for a spot in Super Regionals Monday night.

Earlier Sunday, freshman righthander Scott Weismann pitched eight innings in the Tigers’ equally easy victory over Tennessee Tech.

“We’ve got some fresh arms ready to go,” Clemson coach Jack Leggett said after the victory over the Cowboys. “It’s tough to find two freshmen to pitch like that in a pressure situation in the regionals.”

While Dwyer mowed down the Cowboys (34-23), the Tigers (43-20) forced OSU coach Frank Anderson to use six pitchers, including four in the first three innings.

“I basically just worked off my fastball,” said Dwyer (5-5), who hadn’t won a game since April 11. ” just tried to throw strikes and keep them off-balance.”

Tyler Blandford (7-4) lasted only 1 2/3 innings for the Cowboys.

Neither coach named a starter for the deciding game, but the Tigers would seem to have more options left.

Clemson scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second and six in the third to take an 11-0 lead. The way Dwyer was throwing, the last six innings seemed like a formality.

“It was tough to play from behind out there like that,” Anderson said. “After the fourth or fifth inning, it was kind of like a Little League deal trying to get everybody into the game.”

Mike Freeman and Wilson Boyd each had four hits for the Tigers, who got homers from Freeman and Ben Paulsen.

Tyrone Hambly homered for the Cowboys.

Facing elimination at the start of the day, the Tigers won their two games by a combined 25-1 with 30 hits.

“We just kind of put together a perfect day,” Leggett said.