Clemson vs. Georgia
A day after the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 11-10 in Athens, Georgia (16-12) will make the return trip to Clemson (15-12) Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. The game will be broadcast live on the radio by WCCP (104.9 FM) out of Clemson. Live stats will be available online at ClemsonTigers.com as well.
The Starting Pitchers
Georgia will start junior lefthander Mickey Westphal (1-0, 1.59 ERA) on the mound Wednesday. The Lawrenceville, GA native has made one start and two relief appearances for a total of 5.2 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (all singles) and one walk while striking out six.
The Tigers will counter with sophomore righty Stephen Faris (2-0, 0.33) Wednesday. The Richmond, VA native leads the ACC in ERA and has allowed just 14 hits in 27.1 innings pitched, good for an ACC-best .159 opponents' batting average. He has also struck out 26 and walked 10.
Clemson and Georgia have met 207 times on the diamond, with the Bulldogs holding a 112-93-2 lead in the series that dates back to 1900. Georgia is Clemson's second-most played rival in school history, trailing only South Carolina (269).
Last year at Clemson, the Tigers were victorious 19-4 thanks to 19 hits, including 3-for-4 with three-RBI performances by Herman Demmink and Kris Harvey. Last night, Georgia prevailed 11-10 thanks to overcoming a 5-0 early deficit. Jason Jacobs' two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner despite the Tigers out-hitting Georgia 17-10.
The Tigers lead 51-43-2 in games played at Clemson and 31-8 in games played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, including winning 10 games in a row in the friendly confines. Jack Leggett is 16-10 against Georgia as Clemson's head coach, including a 10-0 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Georgia, led by fourth-year Head Coach David Perno, enters Tuesday's game with a 16-12 overall record and 2-6 SEC mark downing the Tigers 11-10 on Tuesday at Foley Field. The Bulldogs, like the Tigers, have played many games on the road, as they have played 11 road games and three neutral-site games. They are 10-4 at home this year as well.
The Bulldogs are hitting .275 as a team, but have a .373 on-base percentage. Justin Niefer leads the team with a .327 batting average. Josh Morris is hitting .314, and has a team-high six homers, 27 RBIs, and 31 walks in 28 games. Bobby Felmy (.308) is also hitting above .300.
Georgia sports a 4.57 ERA and .273 opponents' batting average. The staff has walked just 90 while striking out 243 in 246.0 innings pitched, good for a 2.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Will Startup has a team-high three saves along with a 2.59 ERA in 12 relief appearances. The Bulldogs are also fielding at a .967 clip, but they have allowed 30 stolen bases in 35 attempts.
Clemson enters Wednesday's game against Georgia with a 15-12 overall record and 6-3 mark in the ACC after falling at Georgia 11-10. The Tigers, whose last six losses have been by a combined seven runs, are 8-3 at home this year.
Clemson is hitting .294 overall and is led by freshman Taylor Harbin, who is hitting .378 with 16 doubles, four homers, and 25 RBIs. Herman Demmink is 18-for-31 (.581) in the last eight games to raise his season average to .371. Kris Harvey leads the club with six homers and 29 RBIs. Clemson is also fielding at a .974 clip.
The pitching staff has been solid of late, as its ERA has fallen to 3.50 and opponents' batting average to .260. The staff also has a 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Stephen Faris has been a stopper out of the bullpen, as he leads the ACC with an 0.33 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. He has allowed just 14 hits and 10 walks while striking out 26.
Bulldogs Rally to Down Clemson 11-10
Jason Jacobs' two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning propelled Georgia to an 11-10 win over Clemson at Foley Field on April 5. The Tigers, who out-hit the Bulldogs 17-10, ended the game with pinch-hitter Doug Hogan lining out to the right fielder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Tiger pitchers walked nine batters, three more than the previous season high. Taylor Harbin and Andy D'Alessio each had three hits apiece, while Harbin added two more doubles. Clemson hit six doubles in all, but Georgia answered the Tigers' scoring innings in the third, fifth, seventh, and eighth innings with at least as many runs as Clemson scored. The Tigers had a 5-0 lead, but the Bulldogs rallied to hand Clemson its first loss in 13 games when scoring at least six runs in 2005.
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