Tigers Avenge Earlier Loss to Georgia with 9-7 Victory
CLEMSON, SCscored three runs apiece, leading Clemson to a 9-7 win over Georgia on
Tuesday night at Kingsmore Stadium. The victory increased Clemson to 29-7
for the season, while Georgia fell to 21-14.
It was Clemson's sixth straight win over Georgia in Clemson.
Georgia's last win at Clemson took place on May 11, 1993. Clemson is now
10-4 against Georgia under Jack Leggett. The victory avenged a 10-6
Georgia win over the Tigers in Athens on March 29th.
Clemson will play host to South Carolina Wednesday night at 7:15 PM
at Kingsmore Stadium. The game is a sellout, but Clemson students, faculty
and staff may enter the game upon showing a University ID.
Jeff Baker had two hits and drove in three runs for the Tigers.
Stone and Stanley each reached base on three walks and a hit, while catcher
Brian Ellis reached safely three times on two walks and a hit. Doc Brooks
led Georgia with a home run, a single and three RBIs. Jeff Keppinger, Andy
Neufeld and Josh Dorminy also had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Neufeld had a double and a triple for Georgia.
Clemson began the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first
inning. Clemson's first two hitters of the game, Casey Stone and Henri
Stanley both walked and scored. After a passed ball sent both runners to
third and second, respectively, Jeff Baker's infield single scored Stone.
Third baseman Mark Thornhill threw the ball away at first, allowing Stanley
to score on the play.
Clemson made it 3-0 in the third innning on a walk by Michael
Johnson and a triple down the right field line by Patrick Boyd.
Georgia did not score off Clemson starter Ryan Childs, until the
fifth inning. The freshman pitched a career high six innings, allowed
seven hits, four runs, struck out three and walked two. Childs improved
his record to 2-1.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the fifth without the benefit of a
base hit. Brian Rainwater and Adam Swann led off the inning with walks.
Rainwater advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a ground
out by Thornhill.
Georgia tied the game in the top of the sixth with two runs. Jeff
Keppinger singled to center with one out and scored on Doc Brooks 12th home
run of the season.
Clemson came right back with three runs in the bottom of the
inning. For the second time in the game, Stone and Stanley led off the
inning with consecutive walks and later scored. Khalil Greene singled to
left to score Stone, sending Stanley to second. Michael Johnson then had a
sacrifice to move Stanley and Greene up a base. Stanley scored on a wild
pitch, sending Greene to third. Greene then scored on a sacrifice fly by
freshman Jeff Baker.
Georgia starter Andy Hussion, the son of Furman University
play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Hussion, struck out seven Tigers in the
first 2 2/3 innings, but was plagued with control trouble as he walked
eight in his five innings of work.
Clemson put the game away with three runs on just one hit in the
bottom of the eighth, the second time in the game Clemson had three runs on
just one hit. For the third time in the game Stone and Stanley led off the
inning with consecutive walks and then scored. Michael Johnson singled to
score Stone with the seventh run then Johnson and Stanley advanced a base
when Adam Swann booted the ball in right field. Baker then hit a sacrifice
fly to score Stanley. Johnson later scored on a wide pitch.
Georgia came back with two more runs in the top of the ninth and
both runs were scored after two were out. Jeff Keppinger walked and scored
on a single by Doc Brooks and an error by Casey Stone. Brooks then scored
on a double by Andy Neufeld. Nick Glaser came on in relief of Additon and
recorded his 10th save when he got Brian Rainwater to fly out.