Sunday, June 2, 1996
It took 3 hours and 51 minutes Sunday night for the nation's top-ranked pitching staff to subdue the country's highest-scoring offense.
Clemson finally threw enough strikes to oust Oklahoma State 8-5 in 10 innings in a Bracket One elimination game and break an eight-game losing skid at the College World Series. A record crowd of 23,268 at Rosenblatt Stadium saw the game.
The Tigers' CWS skid extended over five appearances back to 1977. They gave up leads of 3-0 and 5-3 Sunday night before scoring three runs in the top of the 10th inning. First baseman Jason Embler got the game-winning hit, a single that drove in shortstop Kurt Bultmann.
Oklahoma State scratched back to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning behind a parade of pinch-hitters.
All four substitutes in the inning produced. Jamey Wood singled, Dean Kent walked, Jay McCullough walked and Cory Smith — with a .208 average — drew a walk from Clemson reliever Brian Matz to force in the run that closed the gap to 5-4.
After David Shepard relieved Matz, OSU shortstop Tripp MacKay's sacrifice fly drove in the tying run. But Shepard stranded the potential lead run at third base by getting left fielder Danny DiPace to ground out.
— Lee Barfknecht