Jackets Take Series

CLEMSON – There was wide sentiment that if the Clemson could take at least two of the three games against Georgia Tech, it would put the Tigers in a good position to be a host in the NCAA regional. However, after losing two-of-three, Clemson finds itself in a hole.

"We didn't accomplish our goals this weekend," said Tigers third baseman Herman Demmink. "We didn't come out and win the series."

And because the Yellow Jackets took the swing game with a 6-4 victory Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, the Tigers (28-18, 13-8 ACC) find themselves 3.5 games Georgia Tech (32-12, 18-6 ACC), which leads the ACC, with nine conference games remaining.

Also a problem for Clemson is that it not only has to catch the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets, but it also has to climb over North Carolina and Miami.

"We have nine games left and a lot can happen in nine games," Tigers head coach Jack Leggett said. "If we would have won today, it would have helped us a lot. And we let a tough one go Friday."

Right from the outset, it was evident that Clemson ace Kris Harvey (5-3) didn't have command of his pitches. In just 2 1/3 innings of work, Harvey walked four batters and surrendered four runs.

Even before Harvey got into trouble in the third inning, Leggett had Chris Fidrych warming up in the bullpen because he saw Harvey's struggles.

"He just didn't have his good stuff," Leggett said. "We just felt like we couldn't get behind any more."

Harvey also was aware of his problems from nearly the very first pitch.

"I couldn't throw strikes and I was throwing balls away," He said. "I couldn't do anything today."

Throwing a lot of balls and walking hitters was the theme for the Clemson pitching staff over the weekend. The Tigers walked seven hitters Sunday, plus five on Saturday and seven on Friday. They also combined to hit four Georgia Tech players, while surrendering 43 hits over the weekend.

"We haven't been consistent and we're walking a lot of guys and walking them with runners in scoring position, which is even worse," Harvey said.

With the Yellow Jackets leading 4-0, Clemson scored a run in the fourth to trim the lead to 4-1. However, in the top of the fifth, Georgia Tech plated two more to push it up to 6-1.

But when the Yellow Jackets' inning came to an end on a close play at second, Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall erupted from the dugout and charged to the umpire. Moments later, he was ejected.

Hall then went to the entrance gate in left field, where he sat on a stool, notebook in hand, and communicated commands with a cell phone. After the game, Hall brushed the cell phone issue off.

This comes on the heels of Georgia Tech's regularly starting catcher Andy Hawranick being ejected for Sunday's due to cussing out the umpire at the conclusion of Saturday night's game.

Clemson scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh, but that's as close as it got and the Yellow Jackets left the ill-willed series the victor.

"We've got to win two out of three at least the rest of the series," Clemson's Travis Storrer said. "This is a little setback. I thought we were playing good and really coming together."

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