Freshman Dean Weaver started for the Bulldogs and struck out a career-high seven in four innings before giving way to McRee in the fifth frame. The Bulldogs had planned to use four pitchers on the night. Weaver should see action this weekend when the Bulldogs return to Southeastern Conference action at Ole Miss, according to Georgia coach David Perno.
Georgia grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Senior Jonathan Wyatt singled, stole second and scored on a ground out by Gordon Beckham, who saw his career-best hitting streak end at 10 games. The Tigers tied the game in the third. Addison Johnson smacked a one-out double and scored on a base hit by Brad Chalk (2-for-4).
J.D. Burgess led off the fifth by reaching on an error by Beckham, one of three by the Bulldogs Tuesday. Johnson put down a bunt to move him in to scoring position. After a walk to Chalk, Harbin stepped up delivered the go-ahead double.
"We had a few too many walks and errors and Clemson didn't walk a batter and didn't make any errors, and that was the difference," said Perno. "We walked four and two scored, and two of the three errors hurt too. I thought for the most part we competed well on the mound. Dean (Weaver) looked good, and we wanted to limit him to around 50 pitches because he's going to help us in the SEC especially with Nick Montgomery out.
Montgomery, a junior pitcher who had surgery for a blood clot in his right shoulder last Friday, said he was happy to be around his teammates again. He was in uniform and in the dugout Tuesday. He expects to return next season. Montgomery was 1-1 on the year with a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings including six scoreless innings in the SEC.
Georgia completes the annual two-game set with the Tigers when it travels to Clemson Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m.