Instant Replay: No. 3 Clemson 9, Georgia 7

The Clemson Insider looks back at No. 3 Clemson’s 9-7 win over Georgia on Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

What happened?

The Bulldogs (15-23) took a 1-0 lead in the second on a pinch-hit solo homer. The Tigers (31-7) answered loudly in the sixth as they scored six runs to claim a 6-1 lead. Reed Rohlman led off with a single and Seth Beer drew a one-out walk before Chris Williams lined a two-run double to give Clemson the lead. Robert Jolly drew another walk before Andrew Cox hit a RBI double and Jordan Greene followed with a RBI single. After Cox came in to score on a failed pick off, Grayson Byrd brought the final run in on a RBI groundout. The Tigers added another run in the fifth as Williams hit his 10th homer of the season to make it 7-1. Georgia cut into the lead in the seventh as they took advantage of an extra out to plate three unearned runs and make it 7-4. Clemson added two key insurance runs in the eighth on a Jolly RBI single and a sac fly from pinch hitter Weston Jackson. The Bulldogs put up a fight in the ninth, hitting a three-run homer and bringing the tying run to the plate with only one out but two straight strikeouts preserved the win and gave the Tigers the seasons sweep of Georgia.

Game-Changing Moment:

The fourth inning was obviously a big moment for Clemson as they put together a big inning behind four hits, four walks, and an error. However, the biggest moment may have come in the bottom of the eighth as the Tigers added two runs to stretch the lead to 9-4. Williams led off the frame with a HBP, stole second base, and moved to third on a wild pitch before coming in to score on Jolly’s RBI single. Following a walk to Cox and sac bunt from Jordan Greene, Weston Jackson drove in Clemson’s final run with a sac fly.

What went right?

Tyler Jackson pitched an effective 6.2 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Owen Griffith had another good outing, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout. Williams, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, had a team-high two hits while batters 5-9 each drove in at least one run. Rohlman also extended his hitting streak to 15 games. The Tigers left only four runners on base.

What went wrong?

Clemson committed three errors, all by Jordan Greene, which led to four unearned runs. The Tigers could not put Georgia away, allowing six runs over the final three innings.

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