Georgia Beats Tigers Again


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CLEMSON - Georgia took advantage of an error by Clemson pitcher Steven Faris to score three unearned runs in the fourth inning Wednesday night and went on to defeat the Tigers, 4-1.


The game was played in front of an announced crowd of 4,394 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.



Georgia led 1-0 in the fourth inning when Faris, with a runner on second and one out, went airborne to field a high hopper off the bat of Jason Jacobs. But Faris' lob throw to first was well over the head of first baseman Andy D'Alessio and rolled to the screen beyond the Clemson dugout.


A run scored on the play to make it 2-0, and Jacobs wound up at second base. He would score moments later on two-out double by Jonathan Wyatt. Wyatt then rode home on a double by Kyle Keen to make the score 4-0.


Faris (2-1) settled down after that, allowing only two base runners - both walks - the rest of the way in pitching Clemson's first complete game of the season. But the damage was done, and the Tigers' attempted rally in the 9th inning fell short when - with a run in and two on - D'Alessio struck out to end the game.


Mickey Westphal (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Georgia (17-12). The soft-tossing lefty baffled Clemson for seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out two and walking one. Tiger lefthanded batters were 0-for-11 against Westphal.


Stan Widmann was the only Clemson player with multiple hits, finishing with two singles and driving in the only Tigers' run.


Clemson (15-13) gets back to action this weekend, hosting Duke in a three-game ACC series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Georgia 4 (17-12)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Josh Smith ss............  4  0  1  0   0  2  3  1   0
Justin Niefer dh.........  1  0  0  0   2  1  0  0   0
Bobby Felmy rf...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   1
Josh Morris 3b/1b........  3  1  1  0   0  2  0  2   1
Brandon Lowe 1b..........  2  1  0  0   1  0  5  1   0
 Adam McDaniel 3b........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   0
Jason Jacobs 2b..........  3  0  0  0   0  0  4  1   0
Derek Smith c............  4  1  0  0   0  1  6  0   1
Jonathan Wyatt lf........  3  1  2  2   0  0  2  0   0
Kyle Keen cf.............  2  0  1  1   0  0  3  0   0
Mickey Westphal p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Joshua Fields p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Mitchell Boggs p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 27  4  5  3   3  8 27  7   3

Clemson 1 (15-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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David Williams cf........  3  0  0  0   0  1  1  0   3
 Brad Chalk ph/cf........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Herman Demmink 3b........  4  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
Taylor Harbin 2b.........  3  1  1  0   1  0  1  1   0
Tyler Colvin lf..........  4  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Kris Harvey dh...........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Travis Storrer rf........  3  0  1  0   1  0  2  0   0
Stan Widmann ss..........  4  0  2  1   0  0  4  3   0
Andy D'Alessio 1b........  4  0  0  0   0  2  8  1   3
Adrian Casanova c........  2  0  1  0   0  0  6  3   0
 Jesse Ferguson ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Gene Pierce c...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Stephen Faris p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   0
Totals................... 33  1  6  1   2  6 27 13   7

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Georgia............. 010 300 000 -  4  5  1
Clemson............. 000 000 001 -  1  6  1
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E - JACOBS(6); FARIS(1). DP - Clemson 1. 
LOB - Georgia 3; Clemson 7. 2B -WYATT(6); KEEN(6). 
HBP - MORRIS; KEEN. SH - NIEFER(4); JACOBS(2). CS - KEEN
2(5); STORRER(1).

Georgia                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Mickey Westphal.....  7.0  4  0  0  1  2 25 26
Joshua Fields.......  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  3  3
Mitchell Boggs......  1.0  2  1  1  1  2  5  6

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Stephen Faris.......  9.0  5  4  1  3  8 27 34

Win - WESTPHAL (2-0).  Loss - FARIS (2-1).  Save - None.
HBP - by FARIS (KEEN); by FARIS (MORRIS).
Umpires - HP: Randy Watkins  1B: Steve Manders  
3B: Danny Everett
Start: 7:16   Time: 2:13   Attendance: 4394

Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Messenger and TigerNet. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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