Every Bulldog starter had at least one hit, as the team totaled 13 hits in the game. Georgia improved to 16-10, while Clemson dropped to 18-9.
Georgia starter Alex McRee (3-1) earned the win, as he pitched 4.0 innings
in a scheduled short start. He allowed no hits, no runs, and two walks
with seven strikeouts. Craig Gullickson (3-1), the first of six Clemson
pitchers, suffered the loss, as he allowed four hits, five runs (two
earned), and two walks with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead. All the
Bulldogs needed were a leadoff single and a couple of Tiger miscues. Ryan
Peisel led off with a single up the middle and stole second base after
Gullickson had him picked off. Matt Olson walked and Gordon Beckham hit a
grounder to first. Ben Paulsen booted the ball, allowing the Bulldogs to
load the bases with no outs. Peisel then scored on a wild pitch and Olson
came around to score when catcher Doug Hogan's throw to the plate went into
the Georgia dugout. Rich Poythress followed with a groundout to second to
Joey Lewis led off the second inning with a home run to right-center, his
third of the season. Three batters later, Peisel reached on a two-out,
bunt single and went to second on a throwing error. Peisel scored after
two different balks by Gullickson.
The Bulldogs added to their lead with four runs in the fourth
inning. Michael Demperio reached with one out on a hit-by-pitch, stole
second, and scored on Olson's two-out triple off the wall in left-center,
the first of four two-out hits by Georgia. Beckham followed with a single
through the left side to plate Olson. After stealing second, Beckham
scored on a double by Poythress. Bryce Massanari then hit a single off the
glove of third-baseman Kyle Parker to score Poythress.
The Tigers finally dented the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Matt Sanders
and Chris Epps led off with walks and Mike Freeman loaded the bases with a
hit-by-pitch. Jeff Schaus' sacrifice fly then plated Sanders.
Georgia responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lewis led
off with a double to right-center and advanced to third on Adam Fuller's
bloop single to right-center. Two batters later, Lewis scored on Peisel's
groundout to second.
In the top of the sixth inning, Paulsen and Parker led off with walks, and
they both moved up a base on a wild pitch. Wilson Boyd followed with a
single up the middle to score Paulsen and Parker.
Poythress upped Georgia's lead to 11-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning
when he hit a solo home run to left field, his sixth of the season.
Poythress paced the Bulldogs with a homer, double, and three RBIs. Boyd
led Clemson with two RBIs.
Clemson will play host to Georgia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at
Dawgs Stop Tigers, 11-3
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