ATHENS, GA. - Jordan Greene scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on an error and the Tigers added four insurance runs in the frame as No. 12 Clemson rallied for an 11-6 win over Georgia at Foley Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home season series, improved to 22-7, while the Bulldogs fell to 17-13.
The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fourth inning, but a two-out throwing error on a ground ball allowed the Bulldogs to take a 4-3 lead.Chris Williams belted a two-run homer, his second long ball of the year, in the top of the seventh inning, but Georgia, without the benefit of a hit, scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a wild pitch.
Seth Beer, who was 0-1 in the 8th and in danger of seeing his 24-game hit streak come to and end, belted a long solo homer over the right-center scoreboard. After listening to the tauntings of Bulldog fans in right field all night, the freshman sensation sent the ball sailing over their heads while tying the game. The blast was his 13th of the year and tied the score 6-6, extending his hitting streak to 25 games, tied for fifth longest in school history. Then Greene led off the ninth inning with a walk and scored on an error off the bat of Robert Jolly to put the Tigers up for good. They added four more runs in the ninth inning with a barrage of consecutive singles, including one from Beer. The freshman right fielder finished the night 2-3 with a HR, single, walk and 3 RBI's.
For the second consecutive game, Chris Williams came through with a clutch hit for the Tigers. He had a 2-out, 2-RBI single on Sunday in the Tigers' 4-3 win over Pitt, and he tied the Georgia game with a 2-run HR in the 7th.
Relief pitcher Alex Bostic was given his first start, but he left the game early, and Monte Lee proceeded to use six more pitchers in the game. Clemson reliever Pat Krall (4-0) earned the win, while Georgia reliever Drew Moody (0-3) suffered the loss.
It was a mistake-riddled game for the Tigers defensively, but their mental toughness and ability to overcome adversity on the road cannot be denied. With the offensive fire power and pitching this team has, if they can clean up the defense, they will be a force to be reckoned with come tournament time.
The Tigers travel to Durham, N.C., to take on Duke in a three-game series at Jack Coombs Field this weekend beginning Friday at 6 p.m.