Clemson, SC -
Behind a 10-run fifth inning, #19 Georgia
Tech defeated #13 Clemson 14-9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Saturday
afternoon. The Yellow Jackets, who
snapped their six-game losing streak, improved to 28-16 overall and 12-12 in
the ACC. The Tigers, who won the series
2-1, fell to 30-14 overall and 15-9 in ACC play.
The Yellow Jackets scored two two-out runs
in the top of the first inning before Clemson responded with four two-out runs
in the bottom of the first inning.
Trailing 5-2, the Yellow Jackets scored 10 runs in the top of the fifth
inning, the most runs scored against the Tigers in an inning since 1999, to
take the lead for good. Clemson rallied
with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and a run in the seventh
inning to pull within three runs before loading the bases with no outs, but the
Yellow Jackets worked out of that jam without allowing a run and held on for
the five-run victory.
Jonathan King (4-3), the second of four
Georgia Tech pitchers, earned the win despite allowing seven hits, four runs,
and one walk with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched. Jonathan Roberts pitched 3.0 hitless and
scoreless innings to record his first career save. The Yellow Jacket pitching staff overcame
allowing six leadoff batters to reach base thanks in large part by turning four double
plays on defense.
Tiger starter Clate Schmidt (3-3) suffered
the loss, as he gave up 11 hits, seven runs (four earned), and one walk with
two strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.
Kyle Wren led off the top of the first
inning with a walk and Brandon Thomas reached on a fielder's choice as Wren was
retired at second. Two batters later, Zane
Evans ripped a two-out double to left-center to score Thomas, then Sam Dove
grounded a single up the middle to score Evans.
In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler
Slaton led off with a single up the middle.
After the next two Tigers were retired, Garrett Boulware and Shane
Kennedy both drew two-out walks, then Tyler Krieger reached on a fielder's
choice as Kennedy beat the throw to second and Slaton scored. Boulware scored on a wild pitch, then Maleeke
Gibson singled through the right side to score Kennedy and Krieger.
In the third inning, Krieger hit a one-out
single through the right side and Gibson reached on a bunt single. Krieger was retired at third base attempting
to advance on a pitch in the dirt, but Jon McGibbon came through with a two-out
single through the right side to score Gibson.
The Yellow Jackets exploded for 10 runs on six
hits and two costly Tiger errors in the top of the fifth inning, as only two of
the 10 runs were earned for the Clemson staff.
Daniel Palka led off with a double down the right-field line and Evans
grounded a single through the left side.
Dove grounded a 1-2 pitch through the right side for a single to score
Palka, then Schmidt booted Gonzalez's bunt back to the mound to load the bases
with no outs. A.J. Murray followed with
a single up the middle to score Evans and Dove.
Mott Hyde reached on another error after a bunt, then Daniel Spingola
walked on four pitches to score Gonzalez and give the Yellow Jackets the lead
for good. Two batters later, Thomas
walked on four pitches to score Murray, then Palka belted a double to
left-center to score Hyde, Spingola, and Thomas. Evans followed with a long two-run homer to
In the bottom of the fifth inning,
Boulware, Kennedy, and Krieger all hit singles to load the bases with no outs,
then Gibson reached on a fielder's choice as Boulware scored and Kennedy was
retired at third base. McGibbon grounded
out to second to score Krieger, then Thomas Brittle blooped a two-out single to
left field to score Gibson.
Kennedy and Krieger led off the seventh
inning with walks, then Gibson lined a single to center to score Kennedy. After McGibbon walked to load the bases with
no outs, Brittle struck out and Slaton grounded into an inning-ending double
play in a close play at first base to keep Georgia Tech ahead 12-9. It was the first time all season Slaton
grounded into a double play.
Palka blasted a solo homer to right field
in the ninth inning, his 12th long ball of the year, then Evans
followed with a solo home run to left field, his second homer of the game and
13th of the season.
Evans led the Yellow Jackets' 18-hit attack
by going 6-for-6 with two homers, one double, four RBIs, and four runs. Palka went 3-for-6 with one homer, two
doubles, four RBIs, and three runs. Dove
and Murray added two hits and two RBIs apiece.
Every Yellow Jacket batter had at least one hit in the contest.
Gibson went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two
runs, as the freshman set career highs for hits and RBIs in his first start
since March 15. Slaton, Krieger, and
McGibbon added two hits apiece for the Tigers, who totaled 13 hits, but dropped
to 15-1 in games that Clemson scored in the first inning in 2013.
Clemson will take six days off for final
exams before returning to action in a three-game series against Maryland at
Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Saturday at 1:00 PM. The game will be televised by RSN.