Georgia improved to 23-3, while Clemson fell to 18-8.
Bulldog Starter Jason Leaver (3-0), who was on a pitch count, earned
the win by pitching 3.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with
four strikeouts. Dean Weaver pitched the final inning to record his
fifth save of the season.
Tiger starter Chris Dwyer (2-2) suffered the loss, as he allowed five
runs on eight hits in 3.0 innings pitched. Clinton McKinney, Ryan
Hinson, and Tomas Cruz pitched well out of the bullpen. In 5.0
innings pitched, they combined to allow just two hits, one run, and
one walk with eight strikeouts. In all, the four Tiger hurlers
combined for 12 strikeouts against only two walks.
Jeff Schaus gave Clemson a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he
blasted a two-out, solo home run to right field, his fifth long ball
of the season.
After the Tigers left the bases loaded in the top of the second
inning, Bryce Massanari led off the bottom of the second inning with
an opposite-field, solo homer to right field, his sixth long ball of
In the top of the second inning, Clemson put runners on first and
second with no outs. After the next two batters were retired, Brad
Miller hit a drive to the deepest part of the ballpark in
right-center, but centerfielder Zach Cone made a leaping catch
against the wall to save at least two runs.
The Bulldogs then took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the
second inning thanks in part to some well-placed hits. Michael
Demperio drew a one-out walk and went to second on Johnathan Taylor's
infield single. Peter Verdin then laid down a bunt right back to
Dwyer, but the Tiger lefthander slipped while attempting to the field
the ball, allowing Verdin to reach on the single and load the
bases. Rich Poythress followed with a slow roller between the mound
and first base that went for a single to score Demperio. Massanari's
two-run single up the middle plated Taylor and Verdin, then Joey
Lewis singled through the left side. Poythress scored on the play
when Schaus booted the ball in left field.
Clemson cut Georgia's lead to one run in the fifth inning. Schaus
walked with one out, then two batters later with two outs, Kyle
Parker lined a long two-run homer to left-center. It was his fourth
home run of the season. Miller followed with a single to left-center
and scored on pinch-hitter Chris Epps' double to left-center.
The Bulldogs doubled their lead in the sixth inning when Colby May
led off with a home run to left field, his eighth homer of the year.
In the ninth inning, Schaus hit a one-out double to left and scored
two batters later on Parker's two-out bloop single to
right-center. But after fouling off several two-strike pitches,
Miller struck out on a 3-2 changeup to end the game.
Poythress, Massanari, and May had two hits apiece for Georgia, while
Massanari totaled a team-high three RBIs. Of Georgia's 10 hits, five
were infield singles.
The Tigers outhit the Bulldogs 11-10 and had four extra-base hits to
Georgia's two. It was the first time in 15 games in 2009 that
Clemson outhit its opponent and lost. Schaus went 3-for-4 with a
homer, double, three runs, and a walk, while Parker went 2-for-5 with
a homer and three RBIs.
Clemson and Georgia will play again on Wednesday night at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch for the game, which will be televised
live by CSS, is scheduled for 7:06 PM.
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