Game Notes vs. Clemson (Sunday)
June 13, 2010
*Alabama and Clemson will play a decisive game three on Monday at 1:05 p.m. (EDT) for a berth in the 2010 College World Series. The Crimson Tide posted a 5-4 win in the series opener on Saturday, while the Tigers bounced back with a 19-5 win on Sunday.
*Alabama will be seeking its sixth College World Series appearance on Monday. The Crimson Tide has played in Omaha in 1950, 1983, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Clemson will be looking for its 12th trip to the CWS.
*Alabama is 3-3 in NCAA Super Regional play since the format was adopted in 1999. The Crimson Tide swept the LSU Tigers in a best-of-three series in 1999 and was swept by the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2006. The Clemson Super Regional marks the first time Alabama has played all three games in a Super Regional series.
*Senior third baseman Jake Smith hit a solo home run in the second inning and has homered in four of his last five games. The Shannon, Ala., native leads the Tide with four home runs and 15 RBI in 11 postseason games.
*Freshman DH Brett Booth went 2-for-3 in the loss to Clemson and is now 9-for-24 (.375) in seven postseason games.
*Junior second baseman Ross Wilson went 2-for-4, including a solo home run in the seventh inning.
*Junior catcher Brock Bennett was 2-for-2 in Sunday's game against Clemson.
*The 19 runs scored by Clemson are the most against Alabama in an NCAA Tournament game. The previous high was 16 runs in a 16-1 loss to East Carolina at the 2008 NCAA Conway (S.C.) Regional. The margin of defeat equaled the second-highest total in NCAA Tournament history. Miami beat Alabama 15-1 at the 1996 College World Series in its other loss by 14 runs.
*Clemson pitchers have not walked a batter in 18 innings of play at the NCAA Super Regional.