Tigers Fall Again in Atlanta

Andrew Kown struck out nine batters in 8.0 innings pitched to lead #15 Georgia Tech to an 11-3 win over #20 Clemson Saturday in front of 2,290 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the series. Georgia Tech improved to 33-17 overall and 14-5 in ACC play. It was also its 12th win in a row overall and school-record 12th ACC win in a row. Clemson fell to 32-20 overall, 12-8 in the ACC.

Kown (8-1) allowed one run on six hits in earning the win. He also walked just one Tiger in throwing 115 pitches on the afternoon. Tiger starter Robert Rohrbaugh (4-4) allowed two earned runs on two hits in 3.0 innings pitched and suffered the loss.

The Tigers threatened to get on the board in the second inning, but came up empty. Solid singles by freshmen Andy D'Alessio and Tyler Colvin put runners at first and third with one out. Colvin then attempted to steal second and appeared to easily beat the tag of Eric Patterson. But the umpire called Colvin out and Russell Triplett flew out to end the inning.

Georgia Tech came right back and loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning, but also failed to score. Two walks and a single by Clifton Remole set up Mike Trapani's at-bat with the bases full and two outs, but Trapani grounded out to third to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, Georgia Tech took the game's first lead thanks to five runs, two hits, and just one ball that reached the outfield. Micah Owings led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and went to third when Brandon Boggs' chopper to Triplett at shortstop was booted after the ball hit the edge of the infield grass and took a low hop. Boggs then stole second with no outs and Remole hit a slow roller up the middle that he beat for a single, scoring Owings from third. After reliever Patrick Hogan plunked Mike Nickeas on the helmet, Andy Hawranick singled up the middle to score two runs. Mike Trapani moved runners to second and third with a ground-ball out on a hit-and-run. Then on Patterson's walk, Hogan's wild pitch enabled Nickeas to score. After striking out Tyler Greene, Hogan threw his second wild pitch of the inning to allow another run to score.

For the fourth time in the game, Clemson put its leadoff runner on base but failed to score in the sixth inning. Travis Storrer led off with a double passed Nickeas at first base. Kris Harvey followed with a groundout and Lou Santangelo struck out. D'Alessio ended the inning by flying out to left.

Georgia Tech added to its lead in the sixth inning. Hawranick reached on an error by Triplett after the ball took a bad hop. After retiring the next to Yellow Jackets, Hogan walked Greene and a wild pitch put runners at second and third. Steven Blackwood then hit a fly ball to deep right-center that Harvey dropped, allowing two runs to score. It was the fourth error of the game by the Tigers. Georgia Tech led 7-0 after six innings despite the Tigers outhitting the home team 5-4.

Clemson finally got on the board in the seventh inning. Colvin hit the first pitch over the fence in right field. The solo shot was the freshman's first home run as a Tiger.

The Yellow Jackets responded in the bottom of the seventh inning with a run. Boggs lined a soft single to center to lead off the frame. Two batters later, Nickeas executed a perfect hit-and-run, as he singled through the right side to advance Boggs to third. Hawranick then lined out to center, bringing home Boggs on the sacrifice fly.

Georgia Tech took a 10-run lead in the eighth inning. Patterson led off with a walk and advanced to second two batters later when Blackwood was hit by a pitch. After Owings flied out to right, Boggs hit a towering three-run home run to right field, his second three-run clout of the series and seventh long ball of the season.

D'Alessio hit an opposite-field homer to lead off the ninth for the Tigers. It was his third homer of 2004. Pinch-hitter Zane Green followed with a walk and back-to-back singles by Colvin and Triplett loaded the bases with no outs. Pinch-hitter Brady Everett was then hit by a pitch on a 1-2 count to score Green. Then on a play that typified Clemson's frustrating day, Tony Sipp belted a line drive, but right at Patterson at second. He caught the liner and threw to second for the double play. Storrer then grounded out to end the game.

Colvin led Clemson with a 4-for-4 performance. The left fielder from North Augusta, SC had a double and homer along with two singles. Another freshman, D'Alessio, added a homer and single, as Clemson had nine hits in all. But, the Tigers were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, as the one hit did not even score a run. Clemson was also 0-for-10 with two outs. The Yellow Jackets' top four in the batting order were 0-for-14, as the 5-8 hitters had all of the team's eight hits. Remole had three, while Boggs added two hits and three runs scored.

Brad McCann, who missed his first game of the season Saturday due to a bruised arm suffered when he was hit by a pitch Friday, is listed as day-to-day.

Clemson and Georgia Tech will conclude the series Sunday at 1:00 PM at Russ Chandler Stadium.

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