Big 9th Rallies Georgia Tech Past Illinois, 6-3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Matt Gonzalez doubled in the go-ahead run as Georgia Tech scored four times in the ninth inning to rally past Illinois for a 6-3 win in an NCAA tournament elimination game Sunday.

With the Yellow Jackets (36-26) trailing 3-2, Kyle Wren tied it with an RBI single. Gonzalez, who entered as a pinch runner in the sixth, smacked the next pitch into the right-center field gap to score Wren.

Georgia Tech added two more runs off closer Bryan Roberts (3-4) to advance to its sixth straight regional final.

The Illini (35-20) took a 3-2 lead in the eighth on an inside-the-park home run by Jordan Parr when center fielder Brandon Thomas collided with right fielder Daniel Palka. It was Parr's third homer of the regional.

Zane Evans pitched three solid relief innings for Georgia Tech. He started the game as the designated hitter and had three hits and two RBIs.

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