Posted by Tom Ensey - email
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Alabama will send a Phenix City right-hander to the mound today to see if he can keep the Crimson Tide's baseball season alive. Junior right-hander Nathan Kilcrease (33 G, 5 GS, 8-2, 2.42 ERA) was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 Atlanta Regional last weekend with wins over Elon and Georgia Tech.
No. 13 Clemson pounded out 20 hits and blasted Bama 19-5 on Sunday to force the third and decisive game of the NCAA Super Regional. The winner heads to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. -- Alabama is looking for its first trip to the championship tourney since 1999.
The game will air on ESPN2 today. For live updates and full information on this and all NCAA Super Regional action visit: http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2010/ncaa_bracket_DI_baseball.html.
Crimson Tide players have faith in their 5-foot-6, 160-pound ace, who played for Glenwood Academy in Phenix City as a prepper. He is one of the most experienced arms on the staff, and has been a regular in the rotation since his freshman year at Bama.
"Nathan is one of the best pitchers in the nation. We always believe in him and we will today," said left fielder Jon Kelton. "He has a lot of confidence in himself and we play well behind him."
Coach Mike Gaspard said there's nobody on his team he'd rather have on the mound in a crucial situation.
"If I've got a 1-1 game, he's the guy that we want the ball in his hands," Gaspard said. "He's won some big ones for us, not just this year but over the last couple years. We play our best baseball behind him. Our team is extremely confident in him, and so am I, and one thing we know we'll get is that he's going to compete like crazy."
Clemson will counter with freshman right hander Dominic Leone (19 G, 8 GS, 2-1, 4.89 ERA).
Information: UA athletic media relations