Elon earns first NCAA tournament victory

Updated: June 2, 2006, 7:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Pat Irvine's pinch-hit, two-out single in the bottom of the eighth lifted Elon to its first NCAA tournament victory.

Elon (45-16) will face the Clemson-North Carolina Asheville winner Saturday, and Mississippi State will play the loser.

Jesse Lewter (5-1) worked 2 1-3 innings of relief for the victory, and Chad Tilley gave up a leadoff hit in the ninth, but retired the final three batters for his 11th save. Brooks Dunn (8-6) was the loser.

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