Clemson blasted No. 6 Georgia Tech 9-3 Saturday in their final ACC tournament game thanks to a great start from Will Lamb and revamped lineup.
Will Lamb started for the Tigers Saturday afternoon and gave the Tigers their strongest pitching performance of the ACC tournament. Lamb went 6.1 innings and only gave up six hits and two earned runs against the dangerous Jackets battery.
Two freshmen led the Tigers at the plate on Saturday. Richie Shaffer went 2-4 including a three-run homerun. Spencer Kieboom went 3-4 as he got the start at catcher.
Clemson jumped out to an early lead on the Jackets. In the first inning Mike Freeman singled to center with one out. Jeff Schaus reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second. Kyle Parker singled to third advancing Schaus to third. Richie Shaffer hit a three-run homer to right center to put the Tigers on top 3-0.
Georgia Tech scored one run in the top of the fourth to cut Clemson’s lead to 3-1.
The Tigers got the three-run led right back in the bottom of the fourth. Richie Shaffer hit a one-out single to left field and advanced to second and third on consecutive balks. John Hinson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Shaffer and put the Tigers up 4-1.
Clemson plated another run in the fifth. Kieboom singled to start things off and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Addison Johnson singled to first and advanced Kieboom to third. Brad Miller walked to load the bases. Freeman hit a sacrifice fly scoring Kieboom.
In the top of the seventh the Jackets got on the board again with one run to cut the lead to 5-2 Tigers.
The Tigers added some insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Kieboom singled through the left side to start the inning. Addison Johnson was out at first on a sacrifice advancing Kieboom to second. Brad Miller tripled high off the wall in center field to score Addison Johnson. Mike Freeman singled to left scoring Miller. After seven Clemson led 7-2.
Georgia Tech plated one run in the top of the eighth after their head coach was ejected from the game to cut the lead to 7-3.
Kyle Parker hit a solo homer off the scoreboard, his 19th of the season, to leadoff the bottom of the eighth. The Tigers weren’t done. Richie Shaffer reached on a fielding error. John Hinson singled through the left side advancing Shaffer to third. Brad Miller singled to score Shaffer and put the Tigers up 9-3. Clemson left the bases loaded as they threatened to end the game with the ten run rule.
Kevin Brady had a strong game in relief for the Tigers. Brady went 2.0 innings and gave up no hits and no runs.
Clemson moved to 38-21 with the win and will await their regional destination which will be announced on Monday.