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Rutgers 6, Clemson 1 Kentucky 12, St. John’s 6 Clemson 11, St. John’s 1

May 29, 1988

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Henry Threadgill had five hits and four RBI as Clemson routed St. John’s 11-1 Saturday night, eliminating the Redmen in the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional tournament.

Earlier, Saturday, Kentucky overcame a 5-0 deficit, scoring six runs in the eighth inning to defeat St. John’s 12-5. In the first game, Dave Bauer hurled a six-hitter and Eric Young had two hits and scored three runs as Rutgers defeated Clemson, the top seed, 6-1.

In the final game, lefty Alan Botkin scattered eight hits and struck out five and was backed by a 17-hit attack as Clemson advanced to a Sunday night meeting with Kentucky.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and pushed across another run in the second when Todd Stefan and Threadgill executed a double steal.

Clemson went ahead 4-0 in the third inning when Mike Couture, who had three hits, hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence.

The Redmen scored their only run in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Robert Lambraia.

Kentucky spotted St. John’s an early five-run lead before scoring all 12 runs in the final four innings.

St. John’s jumped to an early 5-0 led by Tom Dobson’s single and double.

Kentucky, aided by two St. John’s errors, scored three runs in the sixth, two on Robbie Buchanon’s single.

The Wildcats had five hits in the six-run eighth inning. The key hit was Vince Castaldo’s two-run double down the right-field line.

Kentucky scored three more times in the ninth inning. Jon Hudson pitched the final five innings to pick up the win.

In the opener, Rutgers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff single by Young and RBI singles by Glen Gardner and Gary Resetar.

Rutgers increased its lead to 4-0 in the second inning on an error, an RBI triple by Young and Bob Osborne’s run-scoring single.

Clemson scored its only 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.

Stanford, which lost to Rutgers Friday, will play the Scarlet Knights at 4 p.m. Sunday.