Tigers' late-inning rally falls short at Georgia Tech

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Davis Sharpe went four innings, giving up five runs (three earned) with two hits and four walks allowed.
Davis Sharpe went four innings, giving up five runs (three earned) with two hits and four walks allowed.

ATLANTA – No. 11 Georgia Tech made the most of its six hits in its 8-7 victory over Clemson at Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 29-13 overall and 14-8 in the ACC. The Tigers, who outhit Georgia Tech 13-6, fell to 26-17 overall and 11-11 in ACC play.

The Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the first inning without a hit, then Bryar Hawkins belted a solo homer in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Clemson tied the score on Logan Davidson’s run-scoring single in the third inning. The Yellow Jackets scored an unearned run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth inning to build a 5-2 lead.

Clemson rallied with two runs in the sixth inning on Kyle Wilkie’s leadoff homer, his second of the season, and Jordan Greene’s two-out, run-scoring double. Kyle McCann doubled Georgia Tech’s lead with a leadoff homer in the seventh inning, then Baron Radcliff added a run-scoring double and Luke Waddell walked with the bases loaded in the frame. Hawkins, who had a career-high four hits, hit his second homer of the game and sixth of the year to lead off the eighth inning, then Davidson crushed a two-run homer in the ninth inning.

Jonathan Hughes (7-2) pitched 2.0 innings in relief to earn the win. Tiger starter Davis Sharpe (5-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded two hits, five runs (three earned) and four walks with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.

The series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.




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