Tigers Fall to Georgia, 7-6

<b>Athens, GA</b>- The Clemson Tigers blew a 2-run lead in the top of the ninth inning Sunday evening at Foley Field in Athens. Top seeded Georgia won the game on a solo homerun in the top of the 10th inning.

Box Score

Georgia rallied from a two-run deficit in the ninth inning on a pair of home runs and then blasted another one in the 10th to knock off Clemson 7-6 to capture the NCAA Athens Regional championship Sunday at Foley Field.

Georgia's ninth-inning runs came on back-to-back solo shots by Bobby Felmy and Jason Jacobs and then Clint Sammons' solo home run in the top of the 10th provided the winning margin.

"All I can say is, wow" said Bulldogs head coach David Perno. "This is the greatest team I have ever been a part of. As an assistant coach, a head coach and a player I have never been on a team that was as unified. I have never been a part of a team that had so much chemistry. These guys deserve the right to fight another day."

Clemson (39-26) forced Georgia (41-21) to a second game on Sunday after rallying back from a seven-run deficit to post a 10-9 win.

The Tigers carried that momentum into game two as they jumped out front with four runs in the bottom of the second. Tony Sipp's three-run triple sparked the inning.

Georgia responded in the top half of the third when Justin Holmes drove home Jacobs and Jonathan Wyatt on a single to right.

Solo shots by Jacobs and Josh Smith in Georgia's half of the fifth tied the game at 4-4 but Clemson jumped right back on top thanks to a two-run homer by Lou Santangelo in the last half of the inning.

Paul Lubrano started for the Bulldogs after working four innings in a start against Clemson on Saturday. He was relieved by Johnny Dobbs in the third, who worked into the seventh. Will Startup (7-2), named the regional tournament's most outstanding player, pitched the final 3.2 innings allowing three hits and no runs while the Bulldogs made their rally. In Clemson's final at bat he struck out the side around two singles.

Patrick Hogan (3-4) pitched two outs in the ninth and the 10th and took the loss.

Georgia Bulldogs 7 (41-20)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg
Josh Smith 3b.............  4  1  2  1    0  0  0  1   0  .319
Justin Holmes ss..........  5  0  2  2    0  1  2  1   0  .327
Marshall Szabo 2b.........  5  0  0  0    0  1  4  5   0  .304
Josh Morris 1b............  5  0  1  0    0  2  8  1   4  .323
Joey Side rf..............  4  0  0  0    1  1  0  0   0  .289
Clint Sammons c...........  4  1  1  1    1  1  7  1   0  .290
Bobby Felmy lf............  5  1  2  1    0  1  4  1   0  .288
Jason Jacobs dh...........  4  3  2  2    0  1  0  0   0  .284
Jonathan Wyatt cf.........  1  1  1  0    1  0  1  0   0  .299
 Kyle Keen ph/cf........... 2  0  0  0    0  1  1  0   3  .297
Paul Lubrano p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0      
 Johnny Dobbs p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0   0      
 Will Startup p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  2  1   0      
Totals.................... 39  7 11  7    3  9 30 11   7 


Clemson 6 (39-26)

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg
Sipp, Tony lf/p...........  5  0  1  3    0  2  0  0   1  .280
Storrer, Travis rf........  5  0  1  0    0  0  3  0   1  .315
McCann, Brad 3b...........  4  1  2  0    1  0  0  5   0  .379
Santangelo, Lou c.........  5  1  1  2    0  2  9  1   0  .300
Harvey, Kris dh/lf........  3  1  0  0    1  1  0  0   0  .335
 Green, Zane lf............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0  .063
 Hogan, Patrick p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0      
 Ingram, John ph........... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   2  .271
D'Alessio, Andy 1b........  3  0  1  0    1  0  8  1   1  .333
 Gaddis, C.J. pr........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0  .000
 Colvin, Tyler 1b.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0   0  .289
Triplett, Russell ss......  4  1  2  1    0  0  4  2   0  .304
Demmink, Herman 2b........  4  1  1  0    0  1  4  6   0  .270
Evans, Garrick cf.........  3  1  1  0    1  0  1  0   0  .308
Faris, Stephen p..........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0      
 Rohrbaugh, Robert p....... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1   0      
Totals.................... 37  6 10  6    4  7 30 16   5 



Score by innings:                       R  H  E
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Georgia Bulldogs      002 020 002 1  -  7 11  0
Clemson               040 020 000 0  -  6 10  4
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E - McCANN 2(18); TRIPLETT(19); DEMMINK(14). 
DP - Bulldogs 1; Tigers 3. LOB - Bulldogs 7; Tigers 5. 
3B - SIPP(4). 
HR - Smith, J.(3); Sammons(4); Felmy(8); Jacobs 2(5); 
SANTANGELO(18). 
SB - McCANN(6). CS - Side(4); Wyatt(3); GADDIS(1). 
SH - Smith, J.(6). 

Georgia Bulldogs       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP
Paul Lubrano........  2.0   4   4   4   3   0   9 12  4.22
Johnny Dobbs........  4.1   3   2   2   0   4  16 16  3.60
Will Startup........  3.2   3   0   0   1   3  12 13  2.35


Clemson                IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP
Faris, Stephen......  4.0   4   3   3   1   1  14 17  6.86
Rohrbaugh, Robert...  1.0   2   1   1   2   1   5  7  3.99
Sipp, Tony..........  3.1   2   2   2   0   6  13 13  4.69
Hogan, Patrick......  1.2   3   1   1   0   1   7  7  4.23



Win - Startup 7-2.  Loss - P. HOGAN 3-4.  Save - None.
WP - Dobbs(3); FARIS(4). 
HBP - by FARIS (Jacobs). 
Umpires - Home:Jim Garman  1st:Phil Benson  
2nd:Ray Belfiore  3rd:John Kleis  
Start: 5:50 pm   Time: 3:01   Attendance: 1651
Lubrano faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
FARIS faced 1 batter in the 5th.
ROHRBAUGH faced 3 batters in the 6th.

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