David Kopp got two ground-outs and a fly-out to ninth to end the game.
The crowd is going nuts, and a mob scene has ensued around the pitcher's mound where teammates are piling on Kopp. Fireworks are going off in center field, as the crowd stands and chants "C-L-E-M-S-O-N!"
It wasn't Clemson's best baseball, but they have beaten a tough Oral Roberts squad that finishes 41-16. ORU blew a ninth-inning lead yesterday, and blew one in the eighth today.
Oral Roberts got Tim Torres on to lead off the inning, and had #3 hitter Jake Kahaulelio bunting. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, Kahaulelio bunted the first pitch straight in the air, and reliever David Kopp had an easy first out.
Torres returned to first in time, but hefty cleanup hitter Chad Rothford chopped a ball to shortstop Stan Widman, who stepped on the bag at second and threw to first to beat a lumbering Rothford.
6-5 Clemson, Tigers ready to hit in the 9th (top).
After ORU got six good innings from starter Chris Ashman, the Golden Eagles brought Erik Crichton, who pitched a good bit yesterday, in for releif. He got CU's 7-9 hitters down in order in the seventh.
On the other side, CU's Sean Clark has been fantastic since relieving Faris in the third. Clark has not allowed a run in 3 1/3 innings of relief and has struck out six.
Still ORU 4, Clemson 3 going to the ORU half (bottom) of the 7th.
Clemson had runners at first and second with two outs for Andy D'Alessio, who hit a line drive to deep right off ORU's Chris Ashman.
The crowd erupted and came to their feet at the "ping" of the bat, thinking the ball would either leave the park or caroom off the wall for a double. But the winds in left, still blowing towards home, didn't help D'Alessio's cause, as right fielder Brendan Duffy extended his glove over his head and caught it just short of the fence for out three.
Still 4-3 in favor of the Golden Eagles as they hit in the bottom of the sixth.
Much to the chagrin of the Clemson fans, the Oral Roberts hitters are stepping out and checking signs quite frequently. As a result, it's taken just over two hours to play the first five innings here. Hitters are also working the counts for six and seven-pitch at-bats, which doesn't help, either.
ORU's Chris Ashman has been very effective with the omission of the three-run homer in the third. Still 4-3 ORU.
The Clemson fans got on catcher Adrian Casanova when the Clemson catcher didn't hustle in getting to a ball in the dirt on ball four to cleanup hitter Chad Rothford with Travis DeBondt at second and one out.
The miscue proved costly, as Jake Kahaulelio singled DeBondt in the next at-bat for a 3-0 ORU lead. So far, ORU's Chris Ashman has faced the minimum through 2 1/2/
Clemson's Andy D'Alessio just gave a ball a ride to the gap in deep right-center towards the flag that yesterday would have easily left the park. But today the ball sliced into the teeth of a fierce wind which held it in long enough for ORU center fielder Kelly Minissale to catch it just shy of the wall.
With a man on first and no out, Oral Roberts' Tim Torres hit a ball to Clemson first baseman Andy D'Alessio that should have been an easy double play with D'Alessio standing no more than six feet from the bag.
Instead, D'Alessio somehow had the slow roller skip off his glove and into right, giving ORU men at first and second with no out, and then Clemson pitcher Stephen Faris walked #3 hitter Jake Kahaulelio. Faris struck out hot-hitting Chad Rothford, but Andy Bouchie's fly to shallow left-center scored a run and Torres took third on the back end. Torres then scored on Kelly Minissale's single to right.
2-0 ORU, as we've just started the second. Clemson's the visitor in this one.
Clemson's Jack Leggett brought closer Daniel Moskos on in the ninth to protect a 7-5 lead, but Moskos couldn't do the job.
The Golden Eagles got singles from McQuigg and Warfle to lead off the ninth, then leadoff man Brandon Duffy sacrificed them overa base. Tim Torres flied out to right to score McQuigg, but two were gone.
Then, Jake Kahaulelio hit a soft single over third, tying the game. Andy Bouchle singled to put runners at first and third, then Rothford delivered with a big bloop single to left for an 8-7 ORU lead.
Sean Jarrett (7-1, 1.98 ERA) is on to close for ORU in the bottom of the ninth.
Clemson's D.J. Mitchell does it again.... this time, a two-out, two-stike single that nearly took the ORU pitcher's head off as it passed the mound scored an insurance run for the Tigers. That was Mitchell's third RBI single today.
Clemson leading 7-5 heading to the top of the ninth, David Kopp still on the mound for the Tigers.
With two on and one out in the top of the seventh for ORU, Clemson's Jack Leggett pulled reliever P.J. Zocchi in favor of big right-hander David Kopp. On the first hitter Kopp faced, he got a tapper back to the mound, fired to second for a force, and the throw to first was just in time for the inning-ending double play.
Clemson still on top 6-5 as the Tigers bat in the bottom of the seventh.
ORU's Chad Rothford just let off the fifth with a no-doubt homer to right. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound first baseman got every bit of a bad pitch from Clemson's P.J. Zocchi, putting ORU back in the lead, 5-4. We're in the bottom of the fifth.
Clemson starting pitcher Jason Berkin is down just past first base, the victim of a collision with an ORU baserunner on an attempted 3-1 flip at first. Berken has been down for a couple of minutes and is finally up on his feet. I'll keep everyone updated if this looks serious.