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June 14, 2010
Clemson, SC - Richie Shaffer hit two home runs to help build an 8-1 lead and #13 Clemson withstood a nine-inning rally to defeat #16 Alabama 8-6 in front of 5,250 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in the Clemson Super Regional on Monday afternoon. The Tigers, who improved to 43-23 on the season, won the super regional 2-1 and advanced to the College World Series with the win. The Crimson Tide ended their season with a 42-25 record.
After Alabama scored an unearned run in the first inning, Clemson scored two runs apiece in the second, third, fourth, and seventh innings to take an 8-1 lead. But the Crimson Tide rallied for five runs in the ninth inning and put the potential tying run at second base before the final out was made to send Clemson to its 12th College World Series in history and first since 2006.
Freshman righthander Dominic Leone (3-1), the first of five Tiger pitchers, earned the win. He allowed just three hits, one unearned run, and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Alex Frederick pitched the next 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, and no walks with a strikeout. Will Lamb retired the only batter he faced to record his second save of the season as well.
Alabama starter Nathan Kilcrease (8-3) suffered the loss in 5.0 innings pitched. He yielded 11 hits, six runs, and two walks with one strikeout.
In the ninth inning, Smith led off with a walk on four pitches and Jon Kelton flied out to right for out #1. After pinch-hitter Cal Tinsley struck out for out #2, Brett Booth hit an opposite-field, two-run homer down the right-field line, his second long ball of the season. Bennett reached on an infield single, then Dugas singled up the middle. After Rutledge singled through the right side to load the bases, Wilson walked on five pitches to plate Bennett and bring the potential tying run to the plate. On a 3-2 pitch to Jones, he hit a routine grounder to Brad Miller at shortstop, but the ball went through his legs for an error as Dugas and Rutledge scored. Jones, the potential tying run, also moved to second on the play. But Lamb came on to get Smith to fly out to Schaus in left-center to end the game and send the Tigers to the College World Series.
Every Tiger starter had at least one hit, led by three hits apiece by Freeman and Hinson. Hinson went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs, and two runs, while Shaffer went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs for Clemson, who outhit Alabama 16-8.
Wilson went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Rutledge added two hits for the Crimson Tide.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Oklahoma topped Virginia 11-0 in the third and decisive game of the Charlottesville Super Regional Monday night at Davenport Field. The Sooners eliminated the Cavaliers, the No. 5 national seed, and advanced to next week's College World Series in Omaha.
The Sooners used four home runs, two by Cody Reine, and a stellar start from Bobby Shore to win Game 3 of the series. Reine went 3-for-5 in the game with six RBIs.
Shore pitched eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. He improved to 10-4 on the year with the win.
Virginia (51-14) was led by John Hicks, who went 2-for-4 on the night. Branden Kline (5-1) took the loss on the mound for the Cavaliers, allowing four runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work.