BOX SCORE: Clemson 3 Georgia Tech 1
Justin Sarratt (5-1) allowed only three hits and one unearned
run in a career-long 8.1 innings pitched to lead No. 23 Clemson to a 3-1 victory over
No. 9 Georgia Tech in front 4,419 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers, who won the series 2-1, improved to 29-15 overall and 13-11 in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets fell to 31-14 overall and 18-6 in ACC play.
Phil Pohl's solo home run in the first inning gave Clemson an early lead, then the
Yellow Jackets capitalized on an error to even the score in the top of the fourth
inning on Jacob Esch's two-out, run-scoring single. The Tigers came right back and
scored two two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on hits by Jeff Schaus
and Will Lamb. Both starting pitchers cruised during the next four innings before
Georgia Tech loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning. But Scott Weismann
struck out Zane Evans to end the game.
Sarratt (5-1), who was honored along with five other Tiger seniors prior to the
game, tossed 8.1 stellar innings in his first start ACC start since 2009 and just
his third career ACC start. The fifth-year Tiger and Gaffney, SC native allowed just
three hits (all singles), no earned runs, and two walks with six strikeouts. He
allowed just one runner past second base while in the game. Sarratt also allowed
only two runners past first base while in the game, both in the fourth inning due in
large part to a fielding error on a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder.
Weismann picked up his fourth save of the season by striking out two of the four
batters he faced in the ninth inning.
Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer (7-2) suffered the loss despite pitching a complete
game in another outstanding outing. In 8.0 innings pitched, he yielded only four
hits, three runs, and one walk with four strikeouts. Farmer, who threw just 76
pitches, retired the Tigers in order in five of the eight innings, including
retiring the last 12 batters who stepped to the plate. He also allowed just three
Tigers to reach second base, but all three scored.
Pohl put the Tigers on the scoreboard first when he hit a solo home run down the
left-field line in the first inning, his fourth long ball of the season.
In the top of the fourth inning, Matt Skole hit a one-out single to left-center on a
1-2 pitch. Jake Davies followed with a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder
to first-baseman Richie Shaffer. But the Tiger sophomore booted the ball and Skole
advanced to third base on the play. It was Shaffer's first career error after going
his first 644 chances without one. Two batters later, Esch hit a two-out single
through the right to score Skole.
The Tigers answered back to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Brad
Miller drew a one out walk. Two batters later, Schaus grounded a two-out double over
the first-base bag to score Miller. Lamb followed with a single up the middle to
score Schaus and up his hitting streak to 19 games.
In the ninth inning, Sam Dove led off with a hard-hit ball headed for centerfield,
but Sarratt speared the liner for out #1. After Sarratt retired 14 batters in a row,
Skole walked after being down in the count 0-2, then the Tigers brought Weismann
into the game to pitch. Davies followed with a bloop single down the left-field
line. Paul Kronenfeld struck out looking for out #2, then Esch was hit by a 1-2
pitch to load the bases. But Weismann struck out Evans looking to give the Tigers a
Four different Tigers accounted for the team's four hits. Pohl hit a homer, while
Schaus hit a run-scoring double. Miller's 10-game hitting streak came to an end, as
he was 0-for-2 with a run and walk.
Clemson will have five days off for final exams before returning to action on
Saturday against Gardner-Webb in a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The first
game will start at 2:00 PM, while the second game is slated to begin at 6:00 PM.
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