NASHVILLE, TENN. — Daniel Rizzie doubled and drove in a pair of runs to lead Xavier to their second ever NCAA baseball tournament victory, 6-4 over Clemson on Saturday in an elimination game.
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The Musketeers (30-28) took control after a nearly 2-hour weather delay, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by Rizzie's RBI single that slipped under left fielder Garrett Boulware's glove and rolled to the fence. Mitch Elliott added another run on the error to make it 6-2.
The Tigers (36-25) got a two-run homer to deep right by Steve Wilkerson in the eighth to close the gap but couldn't get any closer.
Rizzie was sensational at the plate for the Muskies, collecting three hits in his four at-bats. He also scored two runs.
Xavier starting pitcher Scott Klever was excellent on the mound before being forced from the game in the sixth when play was halted. He allowed two runs on six hits to improve to 7-6 on the year.
Clemson's run of 26 tournament appearances with a win ended. The Tigers hadn't gone two-and-out in the tournament since 1981.
The Musketeers will face No. 2 Oregon, which lost to tournament host Vanderbilt, 7-2, on Saturday.
The XU-Oregon game is scheduled for a noon Sunday start and will be carried on one of the channels in the ESPN family of networks.