The 2010 College World Series saw its first upset of the tournament Monday as fans with College World Series tickets got a rare chance to experience three games on the first day of summer.
Clemson upset top-seeded Arizona State 6-3 Monday morning at Rosenblatt Stadium in a game that was pushed back thanks to Sunday's persistent rain showers that caused more than six hours in delays of the first game of the day.
The last game of the first round saw the upstart Tigers — the only non-No. 1 regional seed in Omaha — get to previously undefeated Seth Blair as he struggled with control problems. Blair, who suffered his first loss in 13 decisions, walked four of the first 12 Clemson batters and was touched for five runs and seven hits in just more than four innings.
Clemson pounded out 14 singles in the game, with each starter getting at least one hit.
While Blair struggled, Clemson starter Casey Harman kept the Sun Devils in check for six solid innings as the Tigers won their fourth straight College World Series opener.
The Sun Devils now must battle through the losers bracket, and Arizona State will face South Carolina Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game.
In Monday afternoon's elimination game, Mike McGee did it all to keep Florida State's hopes alive. He homered, brought home another run with a squeeze bunt, then moved from the outfield to get the save as the Seminoles beat in-state rival Florida 8-5.
The Seminoles beat the Gators for the fourth time in five games this season, thanks to McGee, who hit his team-best 16th home run, a three-run shot in the third inning, to give FSU the lead for good.
He laid down a great squeeze bunt in the fourth to score a run, and then came on in the ninth to get the save.
Florida was their own worst enemy at the plate, as the Gators left 10 runners on base. They loaded the bases in the ninth before a line drive Mike Zunino was caught by Stephen Cardullo, to flipped to Devon Travis for the game-ending double play.
Monday night's game saw the hot bats of UCLA touch TCU early, then watched their pitching shut down a comeback effort as the Bruins beat the Horned Frogs 6-3.
UCLA broke the game open with back-to-back two-out homers in the third inning as they continued to hit the ball well. Cody Regis hit a two-run shot and Jeff Gelalich followed with a solo bomb to help UCLA to a 5-0 lead.
TCU got to starter Gerrit Cole in the seventh inning, thanks to Taylor Featherston's bases-loaded triple, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins' hurler pitched eight solid innings, striking out 13 and walking two while allowing just five hits.
Beau Amaral went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for UCLA, which now waits until Friday to play the winner of Wedneday's TCU-Florida State survival game.
Another team will be eliminated on Tuesday, as Arizona State takes on South Carolina in a losers bracket game this afternoon. The evening game will feature Oklahoma against Clemson in a matchup of the two 1-0 teams in Pool B.
The updated College World Series schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, June 22
7: South Carolina (48-16) vs. Arizona State (52-9), 3:30 p.m.
8: Oklahoma (49-16) vs. Clemson (44-23), 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23
9: Florida State (48-19) vs. TCU (52-13), 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 24
10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 6 p.m.
Friday, June 25
11: UCLA (50-14) vs. Game 9 winner, 3:30 p.m.
12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 26
13 (if needed): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m.
14 (if needed): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 6 p.m.
Best-of-three championship series
Monday, June 28
1: 6:30 p.m.
2: 6:30 p.m.
3 (if needed): 6:30 p.m.
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