Clemson jumped on freshman left-hander Nathan Moreau, scoring five runs in the first inning highlighted by an RBI single by Taylor Harbin and a three-run double by Andy D'Alessio. D'Alessio would also score in the inning on a throwing error by Bulldog shortstop Gordon Beckham. Moreau got the loss to fall to 3-1 as he failed to get out of the first, allowing five runs on three hits with two walks. Clemson sophomore P.J. Zocchi started and got the win, going five innings and scattering six runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
"After the first, I told the team to forget about what just happened and let's see if we can play solid the next eight innings and see what happens, and we did," said Georgia coach David Perno. "However, it's tough to overcome a five-spot in the first here at Clemson. It was a tough night for our freshmen from Nathan to Gordon (Beckham) and Trevor (Holder). Hopefully, we got this out of our system and we'll be ready for another big SEC series on Friday with Ole Miss."
In the top of the second, Georgia cut the lead to 5-3. Designated hitter Matt Robbins drew a walk and advanced to third on a single by Jason Jacobs. Then, both Matt Olson, who was making his first career start in left field, and Matthew Dunn provided RBI singles. Two wild pitches by Zocchi allowed Olson to come around to score. In the bottom of the inning, Herman Demmink quickly answered for the Tigers stretching their advantage to 6-3 with a solo home run to right.
The Bulldogs pulled to within one at 6-5 in the fourth on a Ryan Peisel two-run homer to left. Olson was aboard after hitting his first career triple. Clemson pushed the lead to 9-5 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by D'Alessio and a two-run double by Demmink.
In the sixth, Georgia rallied back to make it 9-7. Jacobs led off the frame with a solo homer to left, and Dunn added an RBI double. On the year, Dunn has eight RBI with six coming with two outs. The Tigers got a run back in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Stan Widmann for a 10-7 edge. Clemson had a chance for more in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. However, senior left-hander Rip Warren got D'Alessio to pop out to shallow center and then Demmink was thrown out trying to get back to third.
Georgia got the tying run to the plate in the ninth as Side and Felmy recorded base hits but with two outs, Drew Fiorenza retired Robbins to preserve the win. He notched his first save, tossing the final four innings and allowing one run on four hits.
Also of note Wednesday, Bulldog senior Bobby Felmy extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single in the fifth.
The Bulldogs play host to Ole Miss Friday in the first of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. First pitch at Foley Field is slated for 7 p.m.