CWS Notebook: The Unsung Heroes

OMAHA, Neb. – Andy D'Alessio got nearly all of the publicity after Clemson's 8-4 win over Georgia Tech Friday afternoon, but the unsung heroes were pitchers Sean Clark and Ryan Hinson. asdfasdfasdfdd a

Clark was banged around for three runs in the first inning, but held the Yellow Jackets scoreless up until the seventh. He left five Georgia Tech runners on base, including three in the second.

"The first inning was a little rough," said Clark, who allowed just one run in his previous 19.2 innings of postseason work. "I don't know what it was. After that, I hit my spots more and I didn't make many mistakes."

Hinson, a freshman, entered the seventh with runners on first and third with no outs. He induced Yellow Jackets star Matt Wieters to hit into a double play to get two quick outs, but the runner from third scored to make it 4-0.

It was minimal damage the Tigers could live with.

"I think the critical inning was the seventh when we had runners on first and third with no outs and hit into a double play," Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall said. "That was good damage control by them."

Hinson (4-0) went on to pitch two very important scoreless innings.

"I came in to try and keep it where it was," Hinson said. "I believe as I got those outs, the team got confident and we scored runs."

ONE FOR THE AGES: Clemson became the first team since Arizona in 1986 to come back to win after trailing by four or more runs through the first seven innings.

The Wildcats trailed Maine 7-1 through seven and went on to win 8-7.

Also, the Tigers' eight-run eighth was the second straight game against Georgia Tech in which they had an inning with eight or more runs scored. Clemson scored 10 runs in the ninth in the ACC Tournament.

FARIS GETS THE CALL: The Tigers will start junior Stephen Faris Sunday night against the winner between North Carolina and Cal State Fullerton.

Faris is 9-2 with a 2.37 ERA. In 17.2 postseason innings, he's allowed just five earned runs.

QUICK HITS: Georgia Tech starting pitcher Lee Hyde became the first pitcher to shut out Clemson through the first six innings this season. … Tigers leftfielder Tyler Colvin got a hit in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 26 games. … Clemson centerfielder Brad Chalk extended his hitting streak to 14 games. … The Tigers are now 5-6 in first games at the College World Series and are now 10-20 overall. Top Stories