OMAHA, Neb. - When it comes to delivering line drives, Clemson's baseball team counts on North Augusta junior Tyler Colvin.
What few people outside the Tigers' inner circle know is Colvin's keen sense of timing for delivering one-liners from movies; the kind that keep a team loose.
The Tigers could use a little of both from the Chicago Cubs' first-round draft choice when they face Cal State Fullerton in today's College World Series elimination game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
After Sunday's 2-0 shutout loss to ACC rival North Carolina, the top-seeded Tigers are on the verge of exiting Omaha without a title for the 11th time - second only to Florida State's futility streak of 18 appearances - which brings to mind a line by the character Jake Taylor in the movie Major League:
"Hell of a situation we got here. Two on, two out, your team down by a run and you've got the chance to be the hero on national television ... if you don't blow it."
Of course, Colvin would know that line - uttered by actor Tom Berenger - by heart.
"He's a big one-line guy from movies on the bus," Clemson junior pitcher Stephen Faris said. "I think the guy knows every song that has ever been played and seen every movie, because if you say a joke or something about a movie, he knows the line and can do the line better. He knows all the words, and he knows every movie that has a funny line or joke to it."
Clemson's situation, however, is no joking matter. Save for an eight-run eighth inning in its tournament-opening 8-4 win over Georgia Tech, its potent offense has been quiet.
Colvin, whose .357 average leads the team, saw his 26-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-4 night against the Tar Heels. And though he went 2-for-5 against the Yellow Jackets, he's still looking for his first RBI of the series, having stranded five baserunners.