Clemson 11 Georgia 5
improved to 14-9 overall, while the Bulldogs fell to 11-14. The win was Jack
Leggett's 1,160th in his career, which moved him into a tie for 18th place (with
Jack Coffey) on the all-time wins list by a head coach at a Division I school.
Georgia jumped out to a 4-1 lead through four innings. After Chris Epps hit a solo
homer in the fifth inning, Clemson took advantage of five walks and Shaffer's grand
slam to score seven runs in the sixth inning.
Kevin Pohle (3-1), the fourth of seven Tiger pitchers, earned the win by retiring
the only batter he faced in the sixth inning. Will Lamb entered the game in relief
of starter Justin Sarratt and struck out a career-high six batters in 3.1 innings
pitched. The six Clemson relievers combined to allow six hits, two runs, and four
walks with 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched, while the seven pitchers combined
for 12 strikeouts in the game.
Patrick Boling (0-2), the fourth of seven Georgia hurlers, suffered the loss. He
walked all four batters he faced, which all came around to score in the sixth
The Bulldogs wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning.
Levi Hyams led off with a walk and went to third on Conor Welton's double to right
field. Two batters later, Zach Cone laced a one-out single through the left side to
score Hyams. Later in the inning with two outs, Welton scored from third when
Sarratt's throw to first base was errant on a failed pickoff attempt.
In the top of the second inning, Brandon Stephens led off with a double to
left-center and moved to third on Peter Verdin's two-strike sacrifice bunt. Two
batters later, Welton ripped a two-out single through the left side to plate
Clemson responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Shaffer led off
with a single up the middle and Brad Miller walked after being down in the count
0-2. Spencer Kieboom reached on an infield single to first when the pitcher failed
to cover the bag to load the bases with no outs, then Epps lofted a sacrifice fly to
deep center to score Shaffer and advance Miller to third. But Jason Stolz grounded
into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep Georgia ahead 3-1.
The Bulldogs manufactured another run in the fourth inning. Hyams drew a one-out
walk, moved to second base on Welton's groundout, and scored on Kyle Farmer's
two-out single to right-center.
Epps led off the fifth inning with a long solo homer to right field, his fifth long
ball of the season.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers took a five-run lead with seven runs on only two
hits. Clemson capitalized on five walks and one hit-by-pitch by Georgia pitchers.
Brad Miller, Kieboom, and Epps led off the inning with walks to load the bases with
no outs. Stolz drew another walk to score Miller, then Jon McGibbon hit a sacrifice
fly to center to plate Kieboom and tie the score. John Hinson reached on a fielder's
choice as Stolz was retired at second base on a potential inning-ending, double-play
grounder that was fumbled by Hyams. Jeff Schaus walked to load the bases, then Phil
Pohl was hit by a 1-2 pitch to score Epps and give the Tigers the lead. Shaffer then
blasted a grand slam to left-center, his fourth long ball of the year. It was
Shaffer's first career grand slam and the second by the Tigers in 2011. Shaffer
scored the seventh run of the inning on Clemson's first hit of the frame.
In the seventh inning, Cone led off with a line-drive double down the left-field
line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Kevin Ruiz grounded
out to third to score Cone.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Epps led off with a walk and went to second on
Stolz's single to center. After both runners moved up a base on McGibbon's sacrifice
bunt, Hinson lined a sacrifice fly to right-center to score Epps.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Shaffer walked with one out
and stole second. Two batters later, Kieboom blooped a two-out single down the
right-field line to score Shaffer.
Shaffer went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, three runs, a walk, and stolen base to lead
Clemson, who totaled 11 hits, 10 walks, and a hit-by-pitch against only two
strikeouts. Hinson went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, Kieboom went 2-for-4 with an
RBI and walk, and Epps went 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs, three runs, and two
Welton, Cone, and Ruiz all had two hits and one RBI apiece for Georgia, who totaled
11 hits in the contest.
Clemson will travel to Chapel Hill to take on No. 6 North Carolina in a three-game
series starting Friday at 7:00 PM.
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