OMAHA, Neb. — Things were going well for Clemson on Tuesday night — until the lightning and heavy rains returned to Rosenblatt Stadium.
Thanks largely to a four-run fourth inning, the Tigers led Oklahoma, 6-1, in a winners' bracket game when the game was halted at 11:08 p.m. A large, severe storm cell moved into the area just as the Tigers were taking the field to begin the sixth inning.
The teams will pick up play there today at 4:30 p.m. It will be televised on ESPNU.
The winner moves on to play Friday, needing just one more win to get into the best-of-3 championship series.
The loser will play South Carolina, which eliminated Arizona State earlier in the day Tuesday. That game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Clemson has played parts of two games here, and both have been affected by weather. The Tigers' opener Sunday night against Arizona State was pushed back to Monday morning. That worked out for them, though, in the 6-3 win.
Tuesday had the early earmarks of a pitchers' duel until Oklahoma's Bobby Shore decided he didn't want to participate.
After a perfect third inning, the Sooners' ace, vital in the super regional win at Virginia, threw 14 straight balls to start the fourth. That ended with the bases loaded for Ryan Hinson, who lined an RBI single to tie the game at 1.
Richie Shaffer then lined a ball into the gap in right center for a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. After Wilson Boyd walked, catcher Spencer Kieboom delivered a two-run single to push Clemson ahead 4-1.
In the fifth, Kyle Parker's two-out triple off the center-field wall — above the 408-foot mark in dead center — led to another run when Oklahoma left fielder Max White botched a routine fly ball. Hinson added a single that plated Brad Miller.
The weather knocked out Clemson right-hander Scott Weismann, who appeared in control through five innings.
Weismann had allowed just a run on three hits and struck out four.