Clemson rallies past Dawgs

CLEMSON - Clemson rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win an 11-10 slugfest over Georgia Wednesday in front of a crowd of 5,362 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Georgia saw its losing streak go to five games as the game ended on a walk-off double by Addison Johnson when it was ruled left fielder Matt Cerione did not show he made a catch on the play. Cerione dove for Johnson's line drive and flipped over on the play. As he came up to show the umpire he had the ball, it fell out of his glove and it was ruled no catch. On the play, D.J. Mitchell scored from second for the win. The inning started when Joshua Fields came in and the Bulldogs owning a 10-9 edge. He struck out Doug Hogan for the first out. Then, Wilson Boyd drove a ball to deep center that Jonathan Wyatt dove for near the wall and it ended up a triple. Mitchell followed with a base hit to make it 10-all. Then, he stole second. Fields struck out David Bunnell for the second out which brought up Johnson.

"This is the way our season has gone, if it's not one thing it's another," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We just haven't put it all together, and we haven't been able to finish games. It was a tough call to end the game. We didn't show the umpire it was a catch and so it was ruled no catch. I thought we had a chance to catch the one in center earlier too. Offensively, we played well and got a big pinch-hit home run from Matt (Olson)."

Fields drops to 1-5 on the year while Stephen Clyne faced one batter in the ninth and picked up the win to improve to 3-0.

The scoring started in the first. Both teams had scoring chances in the first and only Clemson came through for a 1-0 edge. Georgia's Blake Cannady led off with a bunt single and went to second on the play after an errant thrown by third baseman Marquez Smith. However, Cannady remained there following a popout by Gordon Beckham and line outs by Jonathan Wyatt (3-for-5, 2 RBI) and Rich Poythress. With one out in the bottom of the first, shortstop Taylor Harbin smacked a triple to left center off Bulldog starter Jason Leaver. Smith followed with a run-scoring single. Leaver kept it a 1-0 game when he helped turn an inning-ending double play.

Georgia junior catcher Jake Crane (3-for-4) tied the game when he led off the second with a home run, his second of the year. The Bulldogs had an opportunity for more, loading the bases with two outs for Matt Robbins. However, a diving stop by Harbin forced Poythress at second for the final out.

The Bulldogs smashed a pair of home runs in the fifth to build a 4-1 advantage. Wyatt connected for a two-run shot off Clemson reliever Josh Thrailkill. Then with two outs, designated hitter Matt Robbins hit a towering solo shot off the batter's eye in centerfield to make it 4-1. It was the third home run of the year for Wyatt and second round-tripper for Robbins. Clemson threatened in its half of the frame as Leaver issued walks to the first two Tigers. Then, J.D. Burgess popped out trying to bunt. Addison Johnson's base hit loaded the bases for the top of the order. Brad Chalk's sacrifice fly made it 4-2. With a full count on Harbin, the Tiger shortstop chased a pitch high and outside for strike three to end the inning.

Georgia continued the home run barrage in the sixth. With one out, Crane notched his third hit of the night with a double to left and Miles Starr followed with a base hit. Then, pinch-hitter Matt Olson crushed a three-run home run off Brock Schnabel to make it 7-2. Clemson closed the gap to 7-5 in the bottom of the inning courtesy of a run-scoring single by Doug Hogan and a pair of bases-loaded walks. Senior Adam McDaniel started the inning for the Bulldogs and didn't retire the three hitters he faced before giving way to freshman Ryan Woolley.

The Bulldogs went right back on the attack in the seventh, sending nine men to the plate and scoring three runs on three hits to extend their lead to 10-5. Olson's two-out, two-run single gave him a career-high 5 RBI while Beckham followed with a run-scoring single. The Tigers used three pitchers to get out of the inning. However, the Tiger offense answered again in their half of the inning. Georgia sophomore Trevor Holder inherited a bases-loaded, nobody out jam and Wilson Boyd greeted him with a three-run triple. D.J. Mitchell drove Boyd in with a groundout and suddenly Georgia's lead was down to a run at 10-9.

Georgia continues the road trip Thursday when it departs for Oxford, Miss. The Bulldogs face #20 Ole Miss (22-9, 5-4 SEC) Friday with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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