Alabama knocks off Clemson in Game 1

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Alabama jumped out to an early 5-0 lead
before holding on to beat Clemson 5-4 Saturday night in the opening
game of the NCAA Clemson Super Regional.

Crimson Tide starter Jimmy Nelson (9-3) gave up four runs in 6
2-3 innings and Jake Smith shut out the Tigers over the final two
frames for his sixth save. Smith also homered in the second.
Casey Harman (7-3) took the loss despite allowing only one
earned run while striking out nine without a walk.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday night.

Alabama scored four unearned runs with two outs in the third.
With the bases loaded, Clemson third baseman John Hinson booted a
grounder, allowing one run to score. Andrew Miller followed with a
two-run single and Brett Booth drove in the other run with a