Two-Out Double in the Ninth Gives Georgia the Win Over Tigers


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ATHENS, GA - The top-ranked Clemson baseball team rallied from its biggest
deficit of the season to tie the game but fell to Georgia 5-4 on Tuesday
night at Foley Field. The Tigers dropped to 27-3 while the Bulldogs improved
to 18-10.


The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the ninth after singles by Marshall
Szabo and Chad Lytle with one out. Clemson shortstop Khalil Greene tracked a
pop up by Darryl Blaze back into short left field and stretched to make an
incredible catch for the second out even us he was undercut by L.J. DeMaino.
But the Tigers were not out of the clear yet and David Coffey's line drive to
left field fell in for a game-winning double after DeMaino slipped in the
outfield.


Jeff Hourigan (0-1) was the hard luck loser for Clemson. Jefferey Carswell
(2-3) picked up the win for Georgia. Four Tigers had two hits each to lead
the Tiger offense.


Georgia opened the scoring in the bottom of the first by roughing up Clemson
starter Steven Jackson. Lytle led off the inning with a triple down the first
baseline and came home on Lee Mitchell's single. A single by Jon Armitage
drove home two runs and was followed by Clint Sammons' RBI single that
knocked Jackson out the game. Reliever Patrick Hogan got the last out to
strand runners on second and third, but not before Georgia jumped out to a
4-0 lead.


Clemson got two runs back in the top of the second. Michael Johnson led off
with a single and moved to third on Jarrod Schmidt's double. It looked as if
the runners would be stranded until Roberto Valiente's two-strike, two-out
single knocked them in.


The Tigers evened the score in the third. They put runners on second and
third again after Khalil Greene's walk and Jeff Baker's double. Michael
Johnson singled in Greene and Baker scored one batter later. Schmidt lined
out but Bulldog second baseman Szabo throw to first bounced off of Johnson's
back and into foul territory, allowing Baker and the Tigers to tie the game
at four.


The game turned into a pitcher's duel with Hogan doing his part for the
Tigers. The righthander pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just three hits and one
walk while striking out three. Georgia's Fellows settled down after the third
inning and combined with relievers Mickey Westphal and Carswell to hold the
Clemson offense at bay.


The two teams will square off tomorrow at 7:15 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.



Clemson 4 (27-3)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Slevin, David 2b    4   0   0   0   0   0   1   3   2
 Triplett, R ph/2b  1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Frank, Kyle cf      4   0   2   0   1   0   4   0   0
Greene, Khalil ss   4   1   0   0   1   1   2   3   2
Baker, Jeff 3b      4   1   2   0   0   1   0   0   1
Johnson, Michael 1b 4   1   2   1   0   1   8   0   1
Schmidt, Jarrod rf  4   1   1   0   0   1   1   0   0
Hourigan, Jeff dh/p 4   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   1
 Coder, Chad pr/dh  0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Pyzik, Steve c      2   0   0   0   1   0   7   1   0
Valiente, R lf      3   0   2   2   0   0   3   0   0
 DeMaino, L ph/lf   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
Jackson, Steven p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Hogan, Patrick p   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
Totals......        35  4   9   3   3   5   26  8   8

Georgia 5 (18-10)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Lytle, Chaz lf      5   1   3   0   0   1   2   0   0
Blaze, Darryl cf    5   0   0   0   0   1   3   0   1
Coffey, David dh    3   1   1   1   2   1   0   0   0
Mitchell, Lee 3b    4   1   2   1   0   1   0   3   1
Cavender, Matt 1b   3   1   0   0   1   1   8   1   0
 McClain, Justin 1b 0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0
Swann, Adam rf      3   0   1   1   0   0   3   0   1
Armitage, Jon ss    4   0   1   1   0   1   2   2   1
Sammons, Clint c    3   0   1   1   0   1   5   0   0
 Edge, Kris ph      1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0
Szabo, Marshall 2b  4   1   1   0   0   0   3   2   2
Fellows, Jason p    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Westphal, Mickey p 0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Carswell, J p      0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
Totals......        35  5   10  5   3   8   27  10  8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Clemson............. 022 000 000 -  4  9  0
Georgia............. 400 000 001 -  5 10  2
-------------------------------------------

Note: 2 outs, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - ARMITAGE(9); SZABO(4). DP - Georgia 1. 
LOB - Clemson 8; Georgia 8. 2B - BAKER(7); SCHMIDT(9); 
LYTLE(9); COFFEY(5). 3B - LYTLE(3). SH - PYZIK(1). SF
- SWANN(3).

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Jackson, Steven     0.2 4   4   4   2   1   5   8
Hogan, Patrick      6.0 3   0   0   1   3   21  22
Hourigan, Jeff      2.0 3   1   1   0   4   9   9

Georgia             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Fellows, Jason      6.0 9   4   3   2   2   26  28
Westphal, Mickey    1.0 0   0   0   1   2   3   4
Carswell, Jeffery   2.0 0   0   0   0   1   6   7

Win - CARSWELL (2-3).  Loss - HOURIGAN (0-1).  
Save - None.
Umpires - Home:Danny Everett  1st:David Savage  
3rd:Paul Nauert
Start: 6:34   Time: 2:55   Attendance: 2554


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