Clemson Rallies Past Arkansas 7-4; Hogs Elimin
BY ANDRES FOCIL
CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson broke a tie game in the top of the eighth with a solo home run over the right field fence as the Tigers eliminated the Arkansas Razorbacks from the NCAA Super Regional with a 7-4 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Razorbacks conclude their season with a 35-28 record. Clemson advances to the NCAA College World Series with a record of 52-15.
Arkansas relief pitcher Scott Roehl took the loss to fall to 4-1 on the year. Roehl went four innings allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
B.J. LaMura earned the win to improve his record to 5-3 on the year.
Roehl gave up a pair of solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Following Johnson’s shot in the eighth, Zane Green hit a solo blast to right to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead.
Josh Glynn relieved Roehl and gave up a solo home run to Khalil Greene to push the Clemson lead to 7-4.
The Razorbacks took advantage of a Clemson error for their first run of the game. With one out in the second inning, Ryan Fox doubled to left-center. Nick Pitts then hit a sharp grounder to first that Michael Johnson booted. The ball rolled into right field allowing Fox to score from second.
Michael Conner gave the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead with a solo home run that sailed well over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning. The dinger was Conner’s 17 of the season and second of the NCAA Super Regional. The home run also tied Conner for fourth on the Arkansas single-season chart and put him alone in 10th on the Razorback career list with 26.
The Razorbacks continued the scoring in the fourth when Fox walked and moved to second when Brett Hagedorn was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Clay Goodwin laced a single down the left field line that scored Fox to give the Hogs a 3-0 margin.
Clemson took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with a four-run rally. Jarrod Schmidt singled and moved to second on Kyle Frank’s single to center. After Steve Pyzik flew out, David Slevin single up the middle to plate Schmidt for a 3-1 game.
Hogan fanned Zane Green for the second out, but Khlail Greene doubled to center to plate Slevin and Green to tie the game at 3-3. Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker single up the middle to score Greene from second to give the Tigers a 4-3 advanatge.
Hogan was then lifted for Scott Roehl who entered with two outs and a runner on first. On a 3-2 pitch, Roehl forced Johnson to fly out to center to end the inning.
Arkansas answered the Tigers in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kirk McConnell pinch hit for Cliff Crouse and was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Jeff Fletcher singled up the middle to advance McConnell. Clark flew out to center for the first out, but McConnell tagged and went to third.
Conner then ripped a single up the middle to plate McConnell to knot the game at 4-4. Fox advanced the runners to second and third with a fly out to deep center. Relief pitcher B.J. LaMura was brought in to face and struck out Pitts on 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
La Mura set the Razorbacks down in the final four innings of play. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, LaMura set the Hogs down in order to preserve the win.
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