Alabama-Clemson to Play Decisive Game on Monday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Senior Jake Smith congratulated by teammates after blasting a home run in the bottom of the second.
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Senior Jake Smith congratulated by teammates after blasting a home run in the bottom of the second.
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June 13, 2010

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CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 16 Alabama could not overcome a six-run, first-inning deficit and fell to No. 13 Clemson 19-5 in game two of the 2010 NCAA Super Regional at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday night.

Clemson scored six runs in the top of the first inning as the Tigers evened the best-of-three series at one game apiece. Alabama (42-24) and Clemson (42-23) will meet in a winner-take-all Super Regional championship game on Monday, June 14, at 1:05 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN 2 for a trip to the 2010 College World Series.

In the six-run first inning, Clemson sent 10 men to the plate, recorded five hits and benefited from two walks. Clemson right fielder Kyle Parker put the Tigers on the board with an RBI single to left that scored Mike Freeman. John Hinson's two-run single put the Tigers up 3-0 and a Richie Shaffer's sacrifice fly made it a 4-0 game. Spencer Kieboom capped the inning with a two-run double that staked the Tigers to a 6-0 lead.

Jake Smith put the Crimson Tide on the board when he led off the second inning with his 15th home run of the season to cut the deficit to 6-1.

The Clemson offense was too strong on Sunday as the Tigers scored two runs in the third and added single runs in the fourth and fifth before a nine-run sixth inning put the game out of reach for Alabama.

The 19 runs scored by the Tigers were the most allowed by Alabama in an NCAA Tournament game while the 14-run deficit was the second-worst loss in postseason history.

The Tigers collected 20 hits and drew nine walks against five Alabama pitchers. Jeff Schaus was 4-for-6 with three RBI, while Brad Miller was 4-for-4 with four RBI for Clemson.

Hinson and Shaffer hit back-to-back solo home runs to give the Tigers an 8-1 lead in the third inning. Alabama scored on an RBI ground out in the bottom of the third to make it 8-2. 

Alabama starter Adam Morgan (7-6) allowed eight runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings en route to the loss.

Schaus' RBI single put Clemson up 9-2 in the fourth inning. Alabama added a run in the bottom of the fourth on three straight two-out singles by freshman DH Brett Booth, junior catcher Brock Bennett and sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas to make it 9-3.

Freeman's two-out double in the fifth gave Clemson a 10-3 lead before a nine-run sixth inning gave the Tigers a comfortable margin.

Clemson scored nine runs on four hits and took advantage of five walks against three different UA pitchers in the frame. Shaffer had a two-run single off senior left-hander David Head and Schaus added a two-run single against sophomore right-hander Tyler White. Miller's grand slam capped the inning and gave Clemson a 19-3 lead.

Alabama got a run in the fourth on a pair of doubles by sophomore left fielder Jon Kelton and Booth.

Clemson starter Scott Weismann (8-2) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings for the win. He did not record a strikeout or issue a walk. The Tigers used one reliever for one inning apiece in the final three innings.

Junior second baseman Ross Wilson homered in the seventh inning as the Tide made it 19-5.

Alabama will send junior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease (33 G, 5 GS, 8-2, 2.42 ERA) to the mound on Monday. The Phenix City, Ala., native was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Atlanta Regional last weekend with wins over Elon and Georgia Tech. Clemson will counter with freshman right hander Dominic Leone (19 G, 8 GS, 2-1, 4.89 ERA).