June 16, 2006

College World Series Capsules

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D'Alessio goes deep to lift Clemson over Georgia Tech

Tigers score eight in eighth for comeback victory


In Omaha, Neb., Andy D’Alessio’s three-run homer highlighted an eight-run eighth as top-seeded Clemson erased a 4-0 deficit to claim an 8-4 victory over No. 8 Georgia Tech in the first game of the 2006 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.


The Yellow Jackets (50-17) came out strong in the top of the first as Wally Crancer doubled with one out and scored on a base hit by Matt Wieters. Jeff Kindel followed with a homer to give Georgia Tech a 3-0 lead four batters into the contest.


Tech added a run in the top of the seventh as Steven Blackwood drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Crancer. Blackwood scored on a double play to give the Jackets a 4-0 advantage.


Lee Hyde was outstanding on the mound for the Jackets, allowing just two hits through seven innings against the Tigers (53-14). Herman Demmink led off the bottom of the eighth with a four-pitch walk and Brad Chalk reached on an infield hit, ending the day for Hyde, who allowed three hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Brad Rulon entered and surrendered a two-run double to Marquez Smith to make it 4-2. Ryan Turner (4-4) came on and allowed an infield single to Colvin, moving Smith to third. An errant pickoff attempt to first moved Colvin to third and brought in Smith, pulling Clemson to within one. Taylor Harbin walked before D’Alessio went deep to right center, giving the Tigers a 6-4 advantage. Clemson added two more runs for an 8-4 edge.


Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect ninth for Clemson with one strikeout to secure the comeback win.


Ryan Hinson (4-0) recorded the victory, going two innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. Clemson starter Sean Clark worked six innings with seven hits, four earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.


Georgia Tech will play an elimination game on Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT against the loser of the Cal State Fullerton/North Carolina contest. The winner will face Clemson on Sunday at 7 p.m.