Super regional play begins with a (grand) slam
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tyler Colvin's ninth-inning grand slam rallied top-seeded Clemson to an 11-8 victory over Oral Roberts on Friday and moved the Tigers a game from the College World Series.
The Golden Eagles (41-15) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 8-7 lead. But the Tigers (51-14), who have won 23 of their last 24 games, were far from done.
With one out, Herman Demmink singled up the middle, Brad Chalk beat out a bunt and Marquez Smith grounded a shot deep in the hole at short for Clemson's third straight hit off reliever Sean Jarrett (7-2).
That's when Colvin, picked by the Chicago Cubs 13th overall in this week's major league draft, sent his 13th homer into right field.
Colvin's eighth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 24 games.
One more victory in the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional would put Clemson into the CWS for the first time since 2002.
Clemson closer Daniel Moskos (5-5) picked up the victory despite giving up all three ninth-inning runs to Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts, in its first NCAA super regional, took an early 4-1 lead but the Tigers kept chipping away.
Georgia Tech 5, College of Charleston 0
ATLANTA -- Jeff Kindel and Matt Wieters hit home runs and Kindel threw out a runner at the plate to back Blake Wood's 6 2-3 shutout innings.
Tech moved one win away from its third College World Series appearance.
Wieters was 2-for-4 with the homer and a run-scoring single in the seventh. He is 10-for-13 with seven walks, four homers and eight RBIs in four NCAA tournament games.
His fifth-inning homer to right, his 14th, pushed the Yellow Jackets' lead to 2-0. He added a run-scoring single off reliever Quinn Monsma in the seventh for a 3-0 lead. Nick Chigges (11-2) took the loss.
North Carolina 11, Alabama 5
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Andrew Miller pitched seven dominating innings and Josh Horton and Tim Federowicz hit two-run homers, powering North Carolina to the win.
The Tar Heels (49-13) moved within one win of their first College World Series trip since 1989 and fifth overall.
Drafted sixth overall by the Detroit Tigers three days earlier, Miller struck out 11 and allowed only two unearned runs on five hits with one walk. The Tar Heels led 8-0 before three errors in the seventh allowed Alabama's first runs.
Before that, Miller had allowed only one runner past first base since the first inning. He became the first North Carolina pitcher to win more than 12 games since Greg Norris had 14 in 1978 and had his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Alabama ace Wade LeBlanc (11-1) allowed 10 hits and eight runs, six earned, in 5-2/3 innings, failing in his bid to become the first Tide pitcher to go 12-0 in 50 years. It was the most runs the junior had allowed in his Alabama career.
Cal State Fullerton 7, Missouri 1
FULLERTON, Calif. -- David Cooper's double scored Danny Dorn with the go-ahead run and ignited a five-run seventh inning as Cal State Fullerton opened the 2006 NCAA Super Regionals with a 7-1 victory over Missouri on Friday night.
The Titans improved to 47-13 overall and moved one win closer to advancing to their 14th College World Series appearance in school history. The Tigers fell to 35-27.
Fullerton right-hander Wes Roemer (13-1) surrendered a career-high tying 11 hits in eight innings of work, but allowed only one run while striking out nine.
Missouri was 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position for the game. Reliever Ryan Paul pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.
Max Scherzer (7-3), who was perfect through four innings and allowed just one hit through five, was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out six in 6 1-3 innings of play.
Dorn, who finished 2-for-4, led off the seventh with a single to left and came around to score the winning run one batter later when Cooper's long fly ball to right hit off the top of the wall for a double, plating Dorn for the 2-1 advantage.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press