Clemson on to finals, TCU makes big comeback

Fans with College World Series tickets will see a frog battle a bear while a tiger awaits its next prey at the 2010 College World Series.
Clemson got off to a quick start against Oklahoma before storms halted their game Tuesday night, but the Tigers picked up where they left off and held on to beat the Sooners 6-4 to move into their bracket championship game Friday night.
TCU is making the most of their first-ever trip to Rosenblatt Stadium, using an eighth-inning grand slam by Matt Curry to eliminate Florida State 11-7 and move into Friday afternoon's bracket final against UCLA.
Oklahoma, which now must beat South Carolina Thursday to have a shot at its first College World Series title since 1994, got behind early Tuesday and could never recover when the two teams got back on the field Wednesday afternoon.
Clemson took advantage of a struggling Bobby Shore, who threw 14 straight balls to walk the bases loaded in the fourth. Spencer Kieboom slashed a two-run single to give Clemson a 4-1 lead, and a costly fielding error led to two more runs in the fifth to give Clemson a 6-1 advantage before the rains came.
Oklahoma came back with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but Alex Frederick induced a game-ending fly ball with the tying run at the plate to put Clemson one win away from its first appearance in the College World Series finals.
Clemson will play the winner of Thursday's Oklahoma-South Carolina game on Friday at 8 p.m. If a second game is needed, it will be played on Saturday.
TCU had a dramatic comeback to avoid elimination in its first trip to Omaha. The Horned Frogs trailed 7-2 going into the eighth, but scored eight runs in the inning to take the lead and knock the Seminoles out of the College World Series.
The big blow was Curry's grand slam. With the count full against reliever Mike McGee, Curry turned on a pitch and launched it over the wall in center field. His team-best 18th home run was a big one, as it turned a 7-4 deficit into a 8-7 advantage. Jantzen Witte hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Horned Frogs some added insurance.
On Thursday, Oklahoma will face South Carolina in the last elimination game before the bracket finals. The winner takes on Clemson Friday at 8 p.m. The first game of the day will see UCLA take on TCU at 3:30 p.m.
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