Tigers, Bruins in Charge in Omaha
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Clemson defeated Oklahoma 6-4 Wednesday afternoon to remain unbeaten in Omaha. With the victory, Clemson must simply take care of business in one of two games at the end of the week to play for its first ever national championship. The Tigers seem to be on a mission, and after a shaky season, are one of two teams with an inside track to play for it all. The other is UCLA.
The Tigers and Bruins have one thing in common as these two brackets heat up. The first is that they know they have unfinished business. For UCLA, FSU or TCU awaits and both will be hungry to take a shot at them. We will know the opponent in an hour or so...
For Clemson, the same is true. South Carolina and Oklahoma will play Thursday to see who gets to play Clemson Friday night. Oklahoma would want revenge, while USC would want to beat their arch-rival without saying. In 2002, CU was on the verge of the title game vs Texas, but South Carolina beat them twice in one day.
The Tigers and Bruins both have good bats, but they are led by pitching. Clemson has had great performaces by Casey Harman and John Weisman, with both games being closed by Alex Frederick. The Bruins have crazy man Bauer, and then sent Cole to the mound to win their second game. With both teams getting rest, you can bet you will see more of these two guys in this CWS.
The CWS does crazy strange things, but right now it appears as though the Bruins and Tigers are on a collision course. I hope I dont jinx the Tigers with this write-up (in 2002, South Carolina ruined the Tigers at the CWS), but strong bats and strong pitching seem to override curses...
And - by the way - my dream of CU dog-piling on the Rosenblatt mound is still alive!!!!
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