May 31, 2009
Clemson starting pitcher Chris Dwyer struck out 13 batters in tonight’s win over Oklahoma State. That is the most strikeouts by a Clemson pitcher in any game since March 20, 1998 when Ryan Mottl struck out 13 in a win over Maryland. Dwyer’s total tonight was the most by a Clemson pitcher in an NCAA Tournament game since Kris Benson struck out 15 against Miami in the College World Series on May 31, 1996, exactly 13 years ago today.
Clemson defeated Tennessee Tech and Oklahoma State today. It marked the first time in school history that Clemson won two NCAA Tournament elimination games at home on the same day.
The last time Clemson accomplished the feat anywhere was May 30, 1999. That day Clemson defeated Missouri State twice in the NCAA regional at Fayetteville, AR to advance to the Super Regional
Overall, Clemson has won two elimination games in the same day in the NCAA Tournament seven times. Prior to today, all six previous instances took place away from home.
Clemson won both games today by at least 10 runs. It is the first time Clemson has won two consecutive NCAA tournament games by 10 runs or more, never mind on the same day.
Today marked the fourth time this year Clemson won two games in the same day. The Tigers had doubleheader sweeps in the regular season on March 13 (Wake Forest), March 24 (Elon), and March 28 (Boston College). This is the first time since the 1992 season that Clemson has won two games in the same day four times.
Prior to this year Clemson had a combined four dates in the last seven years in which the Tigers won two games in the same day.
Clemson scored in double figures on both games today, just the third time in school history Clemson has done that in two NCAA Tournament games in the same day. It also happened in 1999 at Fayetteville, AR in a 17-3 win over Delaware and a 12-4 win over host Arkansas, and in 1989, in Tallahassee, FL in a 13-5 win over Stetson and an 11-1 win over Auburn. So it has happened three times in history, 1989, 1999 and 2009.
Clemson is now 24-2 in home NCAA Tournament games in the 21st century. The only losses have been to Arkansas in a Super Regional game in 2002 and earlier in this tournament to Oklahoma State.
The win over Oklahoma State was the 100th in Clemson history in NCAA Tournament play. It was also the 1100th career victory for Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson enters Monday’s night’s game with the chance to clinch the Clemson regional championships. Clemson is 10-0 under Jack Leggett in NCAA tournament home games in which it can clinch a regional or super regional championship.
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