After getting nothing for the first three innings on Wednesday night, No. 3 Clemson brought 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored six runs on four hits and one error in grabbing a five-run lead as the Tigers bounced back from their series loss to Florida State with an 9-7 victory over Georgia at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The win over the Bulldogs was Clemson’s fourth straight in the series.
“It all started with a two-strike double from Chris Williams,” Clemson head coach Monte Lee said.
Williams led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 effort with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored, including a two-run double in the fourth inning and a solo home run in the fifth inning.
“Overall, I thought we did a good job of hitting with runners in scoring position,” Lee said.
Pitcher Tyler Jackson (6-1) got the win despite giving up four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. However, Jackson did have seven strikeouts with no walks.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Tigers (31-7) got things rolling when Reed Rohlman singled and Seth Beer drew a walk. Williams then doubled to left field to bring both runs home for a 2-1 lead.
Andrew Cox also doubled to left field as well to drive in two more runs for a 4-1 lead. Jordan Greene later followed with a single through the right side to score Robert Jolly, who had walked earlier in the inning. Grayson Byrd plated Greene a few plays later with a grounder to short for a 6-1 lead.
“We just tried to stick to a good offensive approach and not try to do too much and understand what the pitcher is trying to do to you. We just constantly kept saying in out dugout, ‘hey get the baseball up and drive the ball to the opposite field gap,'” Lee said. “We just tried to get our guys to stay on the concept of staying on the baseball and not trying to do too much.”
Williams drove in his third run of the game with a home run to left centerfield to extend Clemson’s lead to 7-1. The solo shot was his 10th of the season while adding to his team-leading 40 RBIs.
Georgia (15-23) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and Cam Shepard hit a three-run in the top of the ninth inning to make things interesting, but Clemson added a couple of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to hang on and complete the sweep of the Bulldogs for a second straight season.
Jacob Hennessy came on in the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on second to get the save. It was his third of the season for Clemson.
Clemson will host No. 17 Wake Forest in a three-game series this weekend starting this Friday at 6:30 p.m.