College World Series
Tuesday, March 3

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Andy D'Alessio's three-run homer highlighted an eight-run outburst in the eighth inning as top-seeded Clemson rallied for an 8-4 victory over No. 8 Georgia Tech in the opener of the 2006 College World Series.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and Marquez Smith added a pair of RBI for the Tigers (53-14), who managed just one hit over the first seven innings before erupting in the eighth.

"We've done it a lot lately, whether it's five, eight, six, or whatever we've needed," D'Alessio said of the rally. "It seems like we have been coming on strong late."

Ryan Hinson (4-0) tossed two scoreless relief frames to record the win for Clemson, which will play either fourth-seeded North Carolina or fifth-seeded Cal State Fullerton in a second-round contest Sunday.

After Herman Demmink opened the pivotal frame with a walk and Brad Chalk followed with an infield single, Smith got Clemson on the board with a two-run double. Colvin singled, and Smith came around to score on an errant pickoff attempt by Georgia Tech reliever Ryan Turner (4-4).

Taylor Harbin followed with a walk, and D'Alessio blasted Turner's 2-2 offering over the right center field wall to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead.

"We finally got a leadoff man on, then, Marquez' hit broke the ice for us," Clemson manager Jack Leggett said. "It seems we come up late in ballgames. We were able to wait it out and then we came through."

Jeff Kindel crushed a two-run homer in the opening frame and Wally Crancer had three hits for the Yellow Jackets (50-17), who can stay alive in the double-elimination tournament with a win Sunday afternoon against the loser of the UNC-Fullerton matchup.

"The bullpen has been great all year they're why we are here," Georgia Tech manager Danny Hall said. "We just didn't make pitches in the eighth inning today, but we have tremendous confidence in our bullpen."


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