The Tiger baseball team suffered another disappointing loss in Athens Tuesday night. Georgia combined to score five runs in the seventh and eigth innings to overtake the Tigers 11-10. It was possibly the roughest outing for the Tigers pitching staff all season. Playing on one day's rest the Tiger pitching just did not appear as crisp as they had recently.
In the past, Head Coach Jack Leggett has been accused of not taking the mid week games as serious as the weekend series. Coach Leggett pulled out the stops tonight. He turned to Stephen Clyne in the seventh in relief of Jeff Hahn. Clyne had not given up a run all season, but Georgia was able to put runners in scoring position with two outs. Clyne did not appear as comfortable working from the stretch. The Bulldogs were able to put three runs on the board and tie the score at 9-9. Then, Coach Leggett turned to normal Friday starter Josh Cribb. Cribb was able to end the seventh without yielding another run.
In the top of the eighth, Georgia brought out one of the premier closers in college baseball Will Startup. Herman Demmink led off the inning with a single. Brad Chalk then reached on an error by third baseman Josh Morris. Ben Hall came on to pinch hit for Tyler Colvin, and delivered once again bringing in Demmink.
Cribb appeared ready to take control of the game, but hurt himself with two walks. Pinch-hitter Derek Smith came up with the bases loaded and came through knocking in two runs to put the Bulldogs ahead 11-10.
Kris Harvey led off the ninth with a single. Andy D'Alessio then hit a deep fly ball to left center that was caught right at the wall. Stan Widman then followed with a single. David Williams came on to pinch it for Adrian Casanova, but fell victim to a strikeout. Startup then hit Demmink with a pitch to load the bases. Coach Leggett decided to pinch hit Doug Hogan for Brad Chalk. Hogan jumped on the first pitch and made solid contact, but he hit it right at the right fielder.
The Tigers are now 15-12 overall and will return home for Game 2 against Georgia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Wednesday night.