Tide can't close the gap against Golden Eagles

May, 30, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Alabama's hitters finally got to Tennessee Tech starter Michael Alcorn in the top of the seventh inning, but a baserunning gamble kept the Crimson Tide from tying the score.

Then a costly error by Alabama pitcher Adam Morgan put the Golden Eagles back in front 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh of an elimination game of the Clemson Region.

With Tennessee Tech leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, left fielder Alex Henry led off with a double. Center fielder Chad Oberacker tried to move Henry over with a bunt, but Morgan fielded it and threw wildly to third, allowing Henry to score for a 4-2 lead.

Alabama had an opportunity to tie the score in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Tide designated hitter David Howell hit a hard liner to second. Golden Eagles second baseman Chad Hayes couldn't handle it, and Brandon May tried to score from second. Hayes threw perfectly to catcher Cory Wright, who tagged out May at the plate.

The Tide cut Tennessee Tech's lead to 3-2 on catcher Vin DiFazio's RBI single to left in the seventh.

Alabama had three hits in the inning, after getting only one in the previous four innings.



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