Kentucky 12, St. John’s 6 Rutgers 6, Clemson 1
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Kentucky overcame a 5-0 deficit and scored six runs in the eighth inning to defeat St. John’s 12-5 Saturday in the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional Baseball tournament.
Earlier, senior Dave Bauer hurled a six-hitter and outfielder Eric Young had two hits and scored three runs as Rutgers defeated top-seeded Clemson 6-1.
Kentucky scored six runs on five hits in its eighth-inning rally. The key hit was a two-run double down the right-field line by Vince Castaldo.
St. John’s jumped to an early 5-0 led by Tom Dobson’s single and double.
Kentucky, the only unbeaten team left in the tournament, rallied with three runs in the sixth inning, helped by two Redmen errors and a two-run single by Robbie Buchanon.
Kentucky scored three more times in the ninth inning to put the game away. Jon Hudson pitched the final five innings to pick up the win.
In the first game, Rutgers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff single by Young, an RBI single by Glen Gardner and an RBI single by Gary Resetar.
Rutgers increased its lead to 4-0 in the second inning on an error, an RBI triple by Young and an RBI single by Bob Osborne.
Clemson scored its lone run in the top of the third when Rusty Charpia led off with a single, moved to third on a double error and, with the bases loaded, scored on a catcher’s error.
Clemson was to play St. John’s in Saturday’s final game, with the winner to face Kentucky Sunday.