BOX SCORE: Georgia Tech 8 Clemson 6
Jacob Esch and Jeff Rowland both hit two-out, run-scoring singles in
the seventh inning to propel No. 5 Georgia Tech to a 4-3 win over No. 16
Clemson in front of 2,491 fans at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday
afternoon. The Yellow Jackets, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved
to 30-5 overall and 14-3 in the ACC. Clemson dropped to 23-13
overall and 10-7 in ACC play.
Kyle Parker gave Clemson a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a
run-scoring double, then a pair of solo homers in the fourth and
fifth innings gave Georgia Tech a 2-1 lead. After the Tigers tied
the score in the sixth inning on Parker's solo homer, Clemson took a
3-2 lead in the seventh thanks to a Yellow Jacket error. But two
clutch hits by Esch and Rowland sent the Yellow Jackets to a one-run win.
Yellow Jacket starter Brandon Cumpton (6-0) earned the win, as he
allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned), and two walks with six
strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. Andrew Robinson pitched a
scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the
year. Cumpton, Robinson, and Buck Farmer combined to limit Clemson
to just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Tigers also
left eight runners on base, including seven in scoring position,
while Georgia Tech left just five on base (three in scoring position).
Tiger starter Scott Weismann (3-2) pitched 7.0 solid innings against
one of the nation's best offensive teams, but he suffered the
loss. He yielded nine hits, four runs, and one walk with a
career-high-tying seven strikeouts.
In the first inning, Mike Freeman hit a one-out double down the
left-field line. Two batters later, Parker grounded a two-out double
down the right-field line to score Freeman.
After three hitless and scoreless innings for the Yellow Jackets,
Derek Dietrich belted an opposite-field, solo home run to left-center
in the fourth inning. It was his 12th long ball of the season.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Thomas Nichols lined a solo home
run to right field, his fourth home run of the season, to give
Georgia Tech a 2-1 lead.
Clemson came right back and tied the score in the sixth inning when
Kyle Parker lined an opposite-field, solo home run just inside the
right-field foul pole, his 13th homer of the year.
In the top of the seventh inning, Freeman hit a two-out single to
center and Jeff Schaus followed with a single up the middle. Freeman
hustled into third base, then Schaus took second on the throw to
third. Third-baseman Matt Skole's throw to second was errant,
allowing Freeman to score.
The Yellow Jackets regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh
inning. Chase Burnette hit a one-out double to left-center. Two
batters later, Esch grounded a two-out single up the middle to score
Burnette. After Brandon Thomas fisted a single to left-center,
Rowland lined a single to right-center to plate Esch.
The Tigers put their first leadoff batter on base in the game when
John Nester led off the ninth with a single through the right
side. Pinch-runner Addison Johnson advanced to second on Will Lamb's
sacrifice bunt, then Chris Epps struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch
for out #2. Freeman's flyout to left field ended the contest.
Rowland and Tony Plagman had two hits apiece for Georgia Tech, who
had nine hits in the game. Parker went 2-for-4 with a homer, double,
and two RBIs for the Tigers, who also accumulated nine hits in the contest.
Clemson's four-game losing streak is its longest since of April of
2008. The Tigers also fell to 0-9 in their last nine games decided
by two runs or less.
Clemson and Georgia Tech will play the series-finale on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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