Oklahoma State squared off with Clemson for the second time in the regional, and the result was the same the second time around. The Cowboys held the potent Tiger offense to two runs for the second straight night, and made it look easy.
The game started an hour and a half late after a rain delay of sorts caused the morning game to be pushed back to the late afternoon. Here's the kicker: there was no rain. The delay was much to the chagrin of Oklahoma State fans, as it could have potentially pushed tonight's game into tomorrow morning with a weather delay. Thankfully, the weather held off and allowed for a special night in Clemson.
The Cowboys got stellar starting pitching throughout the Clemson regional, but they saved their best outing for tonight.
Jensen Elliott tossed six complete innings, gave up four hits and one earned run. He struck out eight (!!!) from a top-five offense in the country. That's straight fire, especially coming from a true freshman.
Starting Strong! Oklahoma State gets SOLID outings from Hatch, Buffett & Elliott en route to Supers! #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/vSIySRklk3— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 6, 2016
The Pokes jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run in the first inning. They would hold on to that lead for five innings on the arm of Jensen Elliott. Then, Corey Hassel happened. Hassel blasted a towering shot over the left field wall with the bases loaded to give the Cowboys a 5-0 lead in the fifth:
Corey Hassel BLASTS a grand slam and Oklahoma State leads Clemson 5-0 in the 5th! #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/zV7qKwQI98— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 6, 2016
From there, the Tigers threatened, but only once. In the 7th, Clemson had the tying run at the plate with two outs, and ACC Freshman of the Year, Seth Beer, looming on deck. Trey Cobb entered in relief, and gave the Clemson faithful a gut-punch with arguably the biggest strikeout of the season. Beer wouldn't get a chance to send the game into a frenzy.
From there, Clemson didn't come close. OSU added three more in the 8th to push the lead to 9-2. After that, it was all over.
OKLAHOMA STATE IS ON TO SUPER REGIONALS!— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 6, 2016
The 4th trip to Supers for the Cowboys. #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/SA2UNoQvCk
Oklahoma State will await the winner of the South Carolina/UNC-Wilmington matchup tomorrow afternoon to learn their destination for Super Regionals. If South Carolina wins, OSU will travel to Columbia. If UNC-Wilmington wins, OSU will host Supers at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.