On Wednesday night the No. 3 Clemson Tigers swept the season series with the Georgia Bulldogs with a 9-7 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson. The Tigers improve their record to 31-7 overall.
After the game, the media spoke with head coach Monte Lee, catcher Chris Williams, outfielder Seth Beer and pitcher Owen Griffith. This is what we heard:
“Well we did some good things tonight” said Lee. “I thought Tyler Jackson threw the ball very, very well. No walks tonight. Pounded the strike zone after a few too many free passes over the weekend. We got back to doing what we’ve done all year which is just pound the strike zone.”
Tyler Jackson, Wednesday night’s starting pitcher went 6 2/3 innings giving up eight hits, four runs, one of which was earned, and struck out seven.
After the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning off of a solo home run by Mitchell Webb, Clemson came back in the fourth inning sending 11 batters to the plate to score six runs.
Catcher, Chris Williams was an influential factor in Wednesday’s game going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a home run, three RBI’s and three runs scored. This extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
“Recently I’ve been trying to do too much,” Williams said after the game. “Hitting with Seth (Beer) yesterday (Monday) on our off day … our main focus was just not to do too much and just take what the pitcher gives you and drive it towards the big part of the field and coming into tonight I think that helped a lot with my confidence.”
Beer also had another solid night going 1-for-3 with a walk and his first career triple. After his performance in Wednesday’s game, and a very nice weekend for Beer at FSU, he was asked if he finally feels as if he is getting back into his groove after being in a slight slump.
“I think the biggest thing is I was trying to swing my way out of it and you can’t do that,” he said. “Not in the ACC, not in college, not in Division I. You can’t do that. You don’t see pro guys doing that. I think that was the biggest thing my zone got so big over the course of that stretch that I was swinging at anything and in my opinion what my best tool at the plate is, is being able to pick pitches and being able to pick up on spin and stuff like that and being able to shrink the strike zone to a select group of pitches.”
Freshman pitcher, Griffith, came in in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless 1 1/3. After the game he mentioned how he felt confident on the hill and that nerves did not play a factor for him.
“I wouldn’t say the nerves were hitting me,” he said. “I just felt good to finally get out on the mound and having Chris (Williams) behind the plate, he really helps me settle in and get focused on what I need to do so I wouldn’t say I was that nervous.”
Clemson will now turn its focus towards a three-game weekend series with Wake Forest at Doug Kingsmore Stadium starting Friday night at 6:30 p.m.