Tide get on board early in elimination game

May, 30, 2009
05/30/09
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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Alabama grabbed a 1-0 lead over Tennessee Tech in the second inning of an elimination game of the Clemson Region.

The No. 2-seeded Crimson Tide opened the second with three straight singles, including first baseman Clay Jones' run-scoring hit to right.

Alabama might have done more damage, but designated hitter Del Howell bounced into a double play to end the threat. Howell, who is also a starting pitcher for the Tide, was sidelined for much of the season because of mono. He had appeared at the plate only once since April 15, drawing a bases-loaded walk in a 9-6 loss to LSU in last week's SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.

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