Bulldogs Avenge Earlier Loss to Tigers


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Athens, GA - Georgia scored three runs in the first and six runs in the fourth to defeat #20 Clemson 9-3 Tuesday in front of 2,091 fans at Foley Field. Clemson, who defeated the Bulldogs 7-3 on March 26, lost its fourth-straight game at Foley Field. Georgia improved to 20-20, while Clemson fell to 27-13.


Bulldog righthander Michael Hyle (4-0) pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits to earn the victory. Tiger starter Kris Harvey (3-1) suffered his first collegiate loss.


Georgia took an early lead in the first inning when Jasha Balcom walked and David Coffey hit a double to the left-field gap, plating Balcom. After Lee Mitchell walked, Jon Armitage blooped a 1-2 pitch to left field to load the bases with no outs. Again on a 1-2 pitch, Justin McClain followed with a deep fly-ball out to right-center to plate Coffey. After Georgia loaded the bases again, Clint Sammons was hit-by-pitch to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.


Georgia took a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to six runs. After the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out, Lee Mitchell grounded a ball passed the third-base bag that home-plate umpire Steve Manders ruled fair, allowing three runners to score. Armitage followed with another double, this time down the right-field line to score a run. Armitage led the Bulldogs with three hits in four at bats. McClain then came up and brought home Armitage when the Tigers booted a grounder. Two batters later, Josh Smith hit a blooper to centerfield that Kyle Frank misjudged, allowing McClain to score.


Clemson finally got on the board in the fifth inning. Zane Green hit a one-out double to the wall in right-center and scored two batters later when Steve Pyzik doubled down the left-field line.


In the sixth inning, Clemson cut further into the Bulldog lead when McCann hit a towering two-run homer to left-center, his team-leading eighth of the year. Seven of the eight homers by the former Georgia signee have come away from home.


Clemson tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning, but McCann was called out by first-base umpire David Savage on what appeared to be a leadoff infield single.


Clemson will return to home Wednesday when it plays host to East Tennessee State at 7:15 PM. It will be the first of 12 home games in a 13-game stretch for the Tigers.


Clemson 3 (27-13)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Demmink, Herman dh....... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Triplett, Russell ss..... 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 2 1
Johnson, Michael 1b...... 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 1 0
McCann, Brad 3b.......... 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 0
Frank, Kyle cf........... 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Slevin, David 2b......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
Green, Zane rf........... 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1
Valiente, Roberto lf..... 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Pyzik, Steve c........... 3 0 1 1 0 0 4 3 0
Harvey, Kris p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Berken, Jason p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clayton, Pat p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 34 3 7 3 1 4 24 10 5

Georgia 9 (20-20)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Balcom, Jasha dh......... 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Pittmon, Ryan ph/dh..... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coffey, David rf......... 4 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
Mitchell, Lee 3b......... 3 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 0
Armitage, Jon cf......... 4 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 1
Keen, Kyle ph/cf........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McClain, Justin 1b....... 4 1 0 1 0 2 11 2 1
Szabo, Marshall 2b....... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 0
Smith, Josh lf........... 3 0 1 1 1 1 3 0 1
Sammons, Clint c......... 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
Jacobs, Jason ph/c...... 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Holmes, Justin ss........ 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 5
Hyle, Michael p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warren, Rip p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Baker, Jake p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Benefield, Brent p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals................... 32 9 9 8 7 5 27 13 8

Score by Innings R H E
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Clemson............. 000 012 000 - 3 7 2
Georgia............. 300 600 00X - 9 9 0
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E - McCANN 2(9). LOB - Clemson 5; Georgia 8.
2B - GREEN 2(10); PYZIK(2); COFFEY(8); MITCHELL(13);
ARMITAGE(12); JACOBS(1). 3B - SZABO(3). HR -
McCANN(8). HBP - SAMMONS. SF - McCLAIN(5). CS - ARMITAGE(4).

Clemson IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Harvey, Kris........ 3.1 5 7 7 5 3 14 21
Berken, Jason....... 3.2 4 2 0 1 1 15 16
Clayton, Pat........ 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 3 4

Georgia IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Hyle, Michael....... 5.0 4 1 1 0 3 19 19
Warren, Rip......... 1.0 1 2 2 1 0 4 5
Baker, Jake......... 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 6 6
Benefield, Brent.... 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 5 5

Win - HYLE (4-0). Loss - HARVEY (3-1). Save - None.
HBP - by HARVEY (SAMMONS).
Umpires - HP: Steve Manders 1B: David Savage
3B: Tony Thompson
Start: 7:04 Time: 2:38 Attendance: 2091

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