No. 23 Clemson trounces Eagles to take series


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STATESBORO, GA. - For the second time in the series, Chris Williams and Chris Okey both hit three-run homers to lead No. 23 Clemson to a 17-4 win over Georgia Southern at J.I. Clements Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 34-18, while the Eagles dropped to 31-22. It was Clemson’s ninth weekend series win in 13 series in 2016.

Clemson scored four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Williams’ three-run homer, his fifth long ball of the year. The first six Tigers reached and scored in the fifth inning, as Eli White grounded a two-run single, then Okey blasted a three-run homer, his 11th homer of the season and fourth against Georgia Southern in his career.

After the Eagles scored three runs in the sixth inning, Weston Wilson laced a two-run homer in the the seventh inning, his fifth home run of the season. The Tigers tacked on five runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by Andrew Cox’s pinch-hit, two-run homer, Clemson’s fourth long ball of the game.

Tiger starter Ryley Gilliam (3-2) earned the win, as he allowed five hits, three runs and three walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. Eagle starter Connor Simmons (3-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded four runs on three hits in 4.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers host Charleston Southern at 6:30 p.m., in their final home game of the regular season. Live video is available for free on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com. Fans can purchase four tickets and a $10 concession voucher for only $30. Fans can also purchase one regular-price ticket and get one of equal value for free.

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