Tigers break open in fourth inning

June, 22, 2010

Editor's note (11:10 p.m. ET): Oklahoma and South Carolina has been delayed due to lightning strikes.

OMAHA, Neb. -- For the first time in the 2010 College World Series, neither team scored in the first two innings. The same went for the third in Tuesday's nightcap between Clemson and Oklahoma.

That ended soon after.

Clemson dwarfed Oklahoma's effort with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead entering the fifth inning.

The Sooners broke the seal in the top of the fourth with a bloop single to center field by Caleb Bushyhead that scored Cody Reine from second base to give the Sooners a 1-0 lead. Reine has reached base twice with infield hits, once on a chopping bunt down the third-base line and again with a swinging chopper in the same area, beating both out. Both starting pitchers got off to solid starts.

Clemson's Scott Weismann has allowed just three hits -- Reine's two and Bushyhead's RBI single -- and has struck out four while walking just one. His night could be a short one, however. The Sooners have worked him into 73 pitches through just four innings.

Oklahoma's Bobby Shore had allowed just one hit but walked the first three batters he faced in the fourth inning and threw 14 consecutive balls before giving up an RBI single to John Hinson.

Shore also needed a double play with runners on the corners to escape a jam in the bottom of the second.

He was replaced by Jack Mayfield. Mayfield gave up three more runs and recorded just one out -- a sac fly -- before handing the ball to J.R. Robinson. He struck out leadoff hitter Chris Epps and watched the inning end on a failed double steal when Wilson Boyd was thrown out at home.



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