ATLANTA — The Clemson Insider looks back at Clemson’s 5-1 setback to Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (15-10, 4-7 ACC) took a 1-0 lead in the third with a leadoff double, sac bunt, and groundout. Georgia Tech doubled their lead to 2-0 in the fourth with a solo homer. The Yellow Jackets opened the game up in the fifth with three runs on four hits to make it 5-0. The Tigers (23-5, 9-2 ACC) were finally able to push a run across in the sixth as Chris Williams led off with a double and came in to score on a Drew Wharton one-out RBI single. Clemson could get no closer as they saw their nine-game winning streak and 16-game win streak in games away from home end.
The game changed in the fifth inning as Georgia Tech used four extra base hits (three doubles and a two-run homer) to break open a close game and give their pitching staff all the offensive support they would need.
What went right?
The Tigers could never get going anything offensively as they had only five hits, with two by Williams. Clemson also drew seven walks along with a HBP to get some free base runners. Brooks Crawford had a nice outing out of the bullpen, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.
What went wrong?
Six of the Yellow Jackets’ eight hits went for extra bases, including two home runs. The Tigers struggled when they did get runners on, stranding at least one runner in eight of nine innings and 12 total in the game.