Clemson will head to Athens on Tuesday for the first of a home-and-home series with Georgia.
McGibbon plates four in win over UGA
Georgia native Tyler Slaton totaled a career-high four hits and Georgia native Matthew Crownover pitched 5.0 strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win over Georgia in front of 1,484 fans at a chilly Foley Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home, midweek series, improved to 16-8 on the season. The Bulldogs fell to 8-17 in 2013.
The Tigers jumped on Georgia with two runs in the first inning on Steven Duggar's homer, then Clemson added three runs in the third inning and four more runs in the fifth inning to pull away.
Crownover (3-0), a freshman lefthander from Ringgold, GA, pitched 5.0 innings in a starting role to earn the win. He gave up four hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts. Jonathan Meyer and Patrick Andrews both pitched 2.0 scoreless innings to close out the game.
Luke Crumley (1-4), the first of four Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss. He surrendered five hits, five runs, and three walks with one strikeout in 3.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers wasted little time taking the game's first lead in the first inning. Slaton led off with a single to right field and Duggar followed with a two-run homer to right field, his first career long ball.
In the third inning, Slaton led off with a single to center and Duggar grounded a single through the left side. Slaton advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Duggar was thrown out at second trying to advance to second. Steve Wilkerson walked, then two batters later, Shane Kennedy drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Jon McGibbon came through with a double to right field to score Slaton, Wilkerson, and Kennedy, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers added four runs to their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Garrett Boulware hit a leadoff double down the right-field line and advanced to third on Kennedy's double to left-center. McGibbon grounded a single through the right side to score Boulware, then Jay Baum reached on an error as Kennedy scored. After the next two Tigers struck out, Slaton reached on a two-out fielding error by first-baseman Daniel Nichols, as both McGibbon and Baum scored on the miscue.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, pinch-hitter DJ Smith hit a one-out double down the right-field line. Two batters later, Nelson Ward drew a two-walk, then Hunter Cole grounded an 0-2 pitch through the left side for a single to score Smith.
Slaton, a sophomore outfielder from Cumming, GA, went 4-for-5 with two runs to lead Clemson's 13-hit attack. Duggar went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs, while McGibbon went 2-for-4 with a double and a game-high four RBIs. Kennedy added two hits and two runs as well.
Cole went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Georgia, who totaled eight hits in the contest.
Clemson and Georgia will conclude their two-game, midweek, home-and-home series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The game will be televised by CSS and will be available online on ESPN3 (subject to blackout).
CUTigers.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More
- Stuff I'm currently tired of....
- Is there a team ranked ahead of us right now with a 1st year
- UNC academic scandal
- SI.com says Chad Morris will be next head coach
- Mate swapping of the famed Suricata suricatta