McCann's Three-Run Homer in 10th Lifts Clemson Over GT


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Clemson, SC- Brad McCann's three-run homerun in the 10th inning propelled
Clemson to a 9-7 victory over #4 Georgia Tech in game one of the series.
Georgia Tech scored one in the top of 10th to take a 7-6 lead before
McCann's heroics in the bottom half of the inning.


The walk-off homer was Clemson's second consecutive win on such a note,
previously beating East Tennessee State on Michael Johnson's three run shot
Wednesday, also in extra innings. McCann is a native of Duluth, GA, a
suburb of Atlanta.


Paul Harrelson earned the victory for the #20 Tigers, improving to 3-1 on
the season. He allowed one run and struck out four in two innings of work.
Brian Burks (2-1) suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets, his first of
the season.


The game started on Friday and was suspended in the eighth inning due to
inclement weather. It resumed Saturday evening with Michael Johnson at the
plate and one out for the Tigers.


Clemson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Michael Johnson hit
his ninth home run of the year down the right field line, scoring David
Slevin on the play. Then Jeff Hourigan doubled to score Brad McCann. The Tigers increased the lead to 4-0 after Russell Triplett hit a bunt
single to third. Roberto Valiente scored on the play after Yellow Jacket
third baseman Mike Nickeas had an errant throw to first base. Georgia Tech then had a six-run fifth inning to take the lead. The inning
was highlighted by Micah Owings' grand slam, his 13th home run of the year
and first career grand slam.


Clemson responded by tying the game at 6-6 in the seventh inning. After
Slevin reached on an error, shortstop Russell Triplett hit his fifth home
run of the year and second in as many games.


The Yellow Jackets pulled ahead 7-6 in the top of the 10th inning when Eric
Patterson singled to left center, stole second, and scored on Brandon
Boggs' single to right.


Clemson started the 10th inning rally with two outs. After Boggs made a
great catch in deep center for out #2, Triplett dove head-first to beat out
an infield single. Michael Johnson followed with a walk. Then on an 0-1
pitch, McCann drove the ball over the right-center fence for the win. It
just was McCann's second homer at home this season and ninth of the year.


The two teams will play game two of the series at 7:00 PM Saturday.


Georgia Tech 7 (32-9,11-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Patterson, Eric 2b....... 6 1 2 1 0 2 2 6 3
Boggs, Brandon cf........ 6 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 1
Murton, Matt lf.......... 4 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 1
Slayden, Jeremy rf....... 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 2
Nickeas, Mike 3b......... 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Myers, Davis 3b......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Remole, Clifton 1b....... 3 1 2 0 2 0 9 1 0
Owings, Micah dh......... 4 1 1 4 1 2 0 0 2
Greene, Tyler ss......... 5 1 1 0 0 3 1 3 2
Hawranick, Andy c........ 4 0 1 0 1 1 9 1 0
Bakker, Kyle p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Burks, Brian p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 41 7 11 6 7 13 29 12 11

Clemson 9 (29-13,6-7)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Slevin, David 2b......... 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1
Triplett, Russell ss..... 6 2 3 2 0 1 1 4 0
Johnson, Michael 1b...... 3 2 2 2 3 1 6 1 0
McCann, Brad 3b.......... 6 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 3
Hourigan, Jeff dh........ 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Frank, Kyle cf........... 5 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 1
Hub, Ryan rf............. 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1
Green, Zane ph/rf....... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Valiente, Roberto lf..... 2 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 1
Pyzik, Steve c........... 5 0 1 0 0 1 15 0 3
Lumsden, Tyler p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hahn, Jeff p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Harrelson, Paul p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 42 9 12 8 7 8 30 9 11

Score by Innings R H E
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Georgia Tech........ 000 060 000 1 - 7 11 4
Clemson............. 300 102 000 3 - 9 12 2
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Note: 2 outs, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - NICKEAS 2(9); GREENE 2(24); McCANN(10); HUB(2).
DP - Georgia Tech 1; Clemson 1. LOB - Georgia Tech 11;
Clemson 11. 2B - HOURIGAN(5); PYZIK(3). HR
- OWINGS(14); TRIPLETT(5); JOHNSON(9); McCANN(9).
SB - PATTERSON 3(26);
MURTON 2(12). CS - SLEVIN(1).

Georgia Tech IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Bakker, Kyle........ 6.2 9 6 3 5 6 31 36
Burks, Brian........ 3.0 3 3 3 2 2 11 13

Clemson IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Lumsden, Tyler...... 5.0 7 6 4 6 5 23 29
Hahn, Jeff.......... 3.0 2 0 0 1 4 10 11
Harrelson, Paul..... 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 8 8

Win - HARRELSON (3-1). Loss - BURKS (2-1). Save - None.
WP - LUMSDEN(4). PB - HAWRANICK(6).
Umpires - HP: Tony Maners 1B: Mickey Fuqua
3B: A.J. Lostaglio
Start: 7:08 Time: 3:24 Attendance: 3133
Game notes:
Game suspended due to lightning in bottom 8th,
1 out, bases empty (9:50).
Game resumed April 26 at 5:16.

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