Clark, Tigers come back yet again

The College Baseball World Series usually provides some dramatic moments. This year it should be no surprise that Louisiana State has provided the most thrilling finish thus far.

The Tigers have a whopping 30 come from behind victories this season, the most recent coming Monday when they pushed across four runs in the ninth to defeat Rice 6-5 in an elimination game at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium.

The big blow in the uprising was a three-run double off the wall by Blake Dean.

Etiwanda graduate Matt Clark went 0-for-3 in the contest but did slug his 27th home run of the season Sunday in an 8-4 loss to North Carolina that put the Tigers in the loser’s bracket. He had been tied for first with Georgia’s Gordon Beckham, whose team is still alive in the tournament too.

Fresno State, which includes local product Erik Wetzel, is playing right now. He is off to a good start with a double in his first plate appearance against North Carolina in a winner’s bracket game. Fresno is the lowest seeded team to ever make the eight-team field.

And Stanford, with Norco’s Toby Gerhart, is also still alive. So it has been a good event thus far for the Inland Empire reps.