Morris drives in winner against Clemson

ATHENS - Junior Josh Morris' bases-loaded single gave No. 22 Georgia a 12-11 walk-off victory over ninth-ranked Clemson in 10 innings Tuesday to cap another Bulldog-Tiger classic at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (18-5) and Tigers (16-7) have played four straight one-run games in Athens dating back to the 2004 NCAA Regional. Clemson forced another championship game in that regional with a 10-9 comeback, and then the Bulldogs came back to win the regional with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings. Last season, Georgia defeated Clemson 11-10 here.

On Tuesday, a crowd of 1,811 watched Georgia go up 3-0 in the first, but the Tigers tied it by the third. Clemson built a 6-3 advantage through five frames before the Bulldogs erupted for four runs in the sixth for a 7-6 lead. The Tigers came right back with a four-spot in the seventh to go up 10-7 and Georgia responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-10. The Bulldogs carried a 11-10 lead to the ninth and then Clemson tied it up off Georgia closer Joshua Fields.

In the 10th, Daniel Moskos retired Bulldog shortstop Gordon Beckham and then Bobby Felmy recorded his third hit of the night. After a walk to Matt Robbins, Jason Jacobs lined a single to left for his fourth hit and load the bases for Blake Cannady. Moskos struck him out which brought up Morris. On a 3-2 offering, he lined a game-winning single to right.

"We had an answer tonight and that's always good to see," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Clemson can really hit, they got four big home runs but they didn't play as well as they would've liked in the field. I'm glad we had the last at bat. It's good to get the win but now we have to go to their place Wednesday."

Fields got the win to improve to 2-0 after his first blown save of the season. Moskos dropped to 1-4, allowing one run on four hits over the final two frames.

Georgia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first. Joey Side and Gordon Beckham reached on base hits. Then, Bobby Felmy drove in a run on a groundout, and Matt Robbins provided a run-scoring double to left extending his hitting streak to seven games. After a passed ball allowed Robbins to move up, Jason Jacobs notched an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Clemson's Andy D'Alessio answered in the second with a two-run homer off freshman Ben Jeffers to cut the score to 3-2. The Tigers tied the game at three apiece in the third. Herman Demmick doubled, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Chalk, and scored on a groundout by Taylor Harbin.

In the fourth, Clemson went up 5-3 when Marquez Smith delivered a mammoth two-run home run to left. The Tigers extended the lead to 6-3 in the fifth. Demmick again doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Chalk. Harbin then drove in the run on a fly out.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. A double by Jacobs and a single by Wyatt put runners at the corners. A wild pitch by Clemson starter David Kopp allowed Jacobs to score and Wyatt to move up. Then, on another wild pitch and a throwing error by Tiger catcher Adrian Casanova allowed Wyatt was able to take third and score. Next, Morris walked and Peisel singled ending Kopp's day. Matthew Dunn and Side then picked up RBIs on a groundout and a double respectively.

In the top of the seventh, the Tigers answered with four runs of their own on back-to-back home runs. Tyler Colvin knocked a three-run homer off freshman Jason Leaver, and then D'Alessio hit his second home run on the night for a 10-7 advantage. Coming in, Georgia had allowed only eight home runs on the year but the Tigers struck for four on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs came right back in the seventh, scoring three runs on one hit and two Tiger errors to knot it again at 10-10. In the eighth, Jacobs gave the Bulldogs an 11-10 lead with a two-out run-scoring single as he had a career-high four hits. Georgia looked to Fields to close it out. However, nothing was easy on this night.

Chalk reached first on a bad-hop single past Morris. Harbin followed with a run-scoring double to make it 11-11. Colvin moved him to third with a groundout to the right side. With the infield in, Fields struck out D'Alessio. Then, Smith hit a grounder up the middle that Beckham chased down behind the second base bag and fired to first to retire him and keep it a tie game.


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