BOX SCORE: Clemson 9 Georgia Tech 3
Will Lamb pitched 6.1 strong innings and freshmen Richie Shaffer and
Spencer Kieboom combined for five hits, three RBIs, and five runs to
lead No. 16 Clemson to a 9-3 win over No. 6 Georgia Tech in front of 3,725
fans in the ACC Tournament at NewBridge Bank Park on Saturday. The
Tigers, who ended their ACC Tournament action with a 1-2 record,
improved to 38-21 on the season. The Yellow Jackets, who were also
1-2 in the ACC Tourney, fell to 45-13 in 2010.
With Saturday's win, Clemson improved to 100-59 all-time in 37 years
of ACC Tournament play. The Tigers became the first school to reach
the 100-victory mark in the ACC Tourney. The Tigers also upped their
record to 15-9 over the Yellow Jackets in the ACC Tournament.
Lamb (4-4) earned the win against one of the nation's most-potent
offenses. Lamb, who was making his first start on the mound since
April 18 when he faced the same Yellow Jacket club, allowed just six
hits, two runs, and two walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings
pitched. It was also his first win since he defeated top-ranked
Virginia on the road in the first game of a doubleheader on March
27. Dominic Leone and Kevin Brady combined to fan six batters in the
final 2.2 innings pitched, including 2.0 perfect innings with four
strikeouts by Brady.
Georgia Tech starter Jed Bradley (9-4) suffered the loss, as he gave
up seven hits, five runs, and one walk with two strikeouts in 4.2
Clemson grabbed the game's first lead in the first inning. Mike
Freeman lined a one-out single to right-center but was erased at
second base on Jeff Schaus' fielder's choice. After Schaus stole
second and Kyle Parker reached on a two-out, infield single, Shaffer
belted an opposite-field, three-run homer to right field, his fourth
long ball of the season.
The Yellow Jackets dented the scoreboard in the top of the fourth
inning. Matt Skole lined a one-out single to left-center and scored
on Cole Leonida's double off the padding of the left-field foul pole.
Clemson responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth
inning. Shaffer grounded a one-out single through the left side,
then he advanced to third base on back-to-back balks. John Hinson
lined out to left, allowing Shaffer to score on the sacrifice fly to
give Clemson a 4-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, Kieboom led off with an infield single and
advanced to second on a wild pitch. Centerfielder Addison Johnson,
who earlier made two catches at the wall to rob Georgia Tech batters
of extra-base hits, reached on an infield single to first base when
Bradley failed to leave the mound to cover first. After Brad Miller
walked to load the bases with no outs, Freeman ripped a liner to
center, but right at Jeff Rowland. Kieboom still scored on the
sacrifice fly, but the Tigers were unable to add to their 5-1 lead.
The Yellow Jackets put their first leadoff batter of an inning on
base in the top of the seventh inning when Jay Dantzler led off with
a double to left-center and moved to third on a wild pitch. After
the next two Georgia Tech batters were retired, Rowland laced a
two-out single through the left side to score Dantzler. Derek
Dietrich singled through the left side, but Clemson escaped further
damage when Leone struck out Tony Plagman swinging on a 3-2 pitch
down and out of the strikezone after being down in the count 3-0.
Clemson added to its lead in the bottom of the seventh
inning. Kieboom led off with a single through the left side and
advanced to second on Johnson's sacrifice bunt. Miller then belted
an 0-2 pitch off the wall in center for a triple to score
Kieboom. It also extended Miller's hitting streak to 10
games. Freeman flared a 3-2 pitch to left field for a single to plate Miller.
Skole hit the first pitch of the top of the eighth inning over the
fence in right-center for a solo home run, his 19th long ball of the year.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Parker led off with an
opposite-field, solo homer to right field, his 19th home run of the
season. Shaffer reached on a fielding error by Skole at third and
advanced to third base on Hinson's single through the left
side. After Hinson stole second and Jason Stolz struck out for out
#1, Kieboom belted a hard one-hopper, but it was right at Dietrich,
who held the runners and threw to first for out #2. Johnson was hit
by a 2-2 pitch to load the bases, then Miller reached on an infield
single to score Shaffer and up Clemson's lead to 9-3.
In the ninth inning, Brady retired all three batters in order,
including two by strikeout, to end the game.
Kieboom, a freshman catcher from Marietta, GA, tallied a game-high
and career-high three hits and two runs in just his second career
start to lead Clemson, who had 13 hits in the game. Shaffer went
2-for-4 with a three-run homer and three runs, while Miller and
Freeman both totaled two hits and two RBIs. Parker added two hits,
including a home run, and two runs for Clemson, who was 6-for-11 with
runners in scoring position. The Tigers also scored at least eight
runs for the seventh game in a row.
Skole paced Georgia Tech's 10-hit attack by going 2-for-3 with a
homer, double, and two runs.
Clemson will await word from the NCAA Baseball Committee on the 16
NCAA Regional host sites on Sunday at approximately 3:30 PM on the
BottomLine of the ESPN networks and online at NCAA.com. Then on
Monday at 12:30 PM, the 64-team field will be announced on ESPN.
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