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D'Alessio goes deep to lift Clemson over Georgia
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.
pitched a perfect ninth for Clemson with one strikeout to secure the comeback
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.