Tigers looking to extend home winning streak

May, 30, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Top seed Clemson and No. 3 seed Oklahoma State are getting ready to play at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, and the winner of Saturday night's game will clearly be in the driver's seat in the Clemson Region.

The Tigers, who rallied for two runs in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-4 victory over Tennessee Tech, have hosted either a regional or super regional eight times since the NCAA expanded its baseball tournament in 1999. Clemson came away as the winner in each of those previous home postseason appearances.

In fact, Clemson has won 16 consecutive home games in an NCAA regional.

The Tigers are sending left-handed pitcher Casey Harman (7-3, 3.86 ERA) to the mound. Harman, a sophomore from South Burlington, Vt., has outstanding control. He has walked only 12 batters in 74 2/3 innings and his 6.4 strikeout-walk ratio ranks second in school history. The Tigers are 9-2 in his 11 starts this season.

The Pokes are going with left-handed junior Andrew Oliver (5-6, 5.58 ERA), who was roughed up in his last start. Oliver got a no-decision in OSU's 9-8 loss at Texas Tech on May 15, allowing eight runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Clemson Region:

Clemson (41-19)
DH Chris Epps
2B Mike Freeman
LF Jeff Schaus
1B Ben Paulsen
RF Kyle Parker
CF Wilson Boyd
3B Jason Stolz
SS Brad Miller
C Phil Pohl

LHP Casey Harman

Oklahoma State (33-22)
CF Micheal Dabbs
3B Tryone Hambly
LF Neil Medchill
C Kevin David
SS Tom Belza
DH Mark Ginther
2B Davis Duren
RF Doug Kroll
1B Dean Green

LHP Andrew Oliver



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