AU Regional Sorta Live II
OK, you guys ready to let the dogs out?
In case you were wondering, we're late here. It rained. Baseball players melt. Had to wait that out.
But we're ready to go now -- a mere two hours and 15 minutes later than scheduled. But who's counting?
Anyway, you know the drill here. I can't go completely live, but I can knock out half-inning updates and make limitless snide remarks.
Let's rol... uh, I mean, Here we go:
CLEMSON v. AUBURN
CU Top 1: Could've started better for the Auburn Tigers. Mike Freeman hit a two-run DONG for the big blow. Clemson also tacked on another run. CU 3, AU 0
AU Btm 1: Three players batted. Two struck out. The other lined out.
CU Top 2: Nothing much. One hit. No damage.
AU Btm 2: Mr. Harman is proving to be quite a problem. Another 1-2-3 inning.
CU Top 3: The lack of offensive production is apparently a contagious condition. Now Clemson's going quietly. Still 3-0, if you're wondering.
AU Btm 3: Clemson tried its best to pump a little life into your Tigers with a dropped pop-up, but the flatline continues. Mr. Harman, thanks to a double play, has still faced the minimum.
CU Top 4: Getting out of hand now. The purpled-up Tigers hit back-to-back doubles to score a run and then took advantage of an AU throwing error to score another. New score: CU 5, AU 0
AU Btm 4: Zippo.
CU Top 5: In order without incident.
AU Btm 5: Well, there goes the no-hitter ... and the shutout. Tony Caldwell -- DONG city. New score: CU 5, AU 1
CU Top 6: Notta.
AU Btm 6: Signs of life. Hard hit single and a yet another home run ball pulled back into the park. But things seem to be shifting a bit. It might have something to do with Trooper ... and his towel.
CU Top 7: Zilch. (By the way, after the seventh, Dayton had 126 pitches -- a career high.)
AU Btm 7: One runner. Not much else.
CU Top 8: Couple of two-out hits and a hard hit third out. Nice play by Fletcher in left to end it. Still 5-1. Two shots left.
AU Btm 8: Drama. AU put two on, thanks in part to a weird scene in which a bunt attempt by Fradejas was at first ruled a foul ball until a very animated Pawlowski hit the scene. After a lengthy discussion, that was reversed and Fradejas was awarded first for a HBP. And out came CU HC Jack Leggett, who was none-too-happy. No one was tossed, although I've seen em get run for much less. And all of it mattered not at all. Harman, ace that he is, smoked the next two AU hitters to get out of the inning.
CU Top 9: No more damage.
AU Btm 9: No real threat. Morris blasted one that's still going, but that was really all.
FINAL: Clemson 5, Auburn 2
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University