By Trey McCurry.
Athens, GA – The Tigers scored early and often Tuesday night as the defeated Georgia 10-5.
Clemson’s offense came alive Tuesday night as the Tigers put up ten runs on 16 hits. Richie Shaffer broke out of a slump going 3-6 with three RBIs including a two run homerun. Phil Pohl also went 3-6 with one RBI. Wilkerson, Baum, Felder and Slaton all added two hits each for the Tigers.
Daniel Gossett picked up his second win of the season. The freshmen went five innings giving up six hits and four earned runs. Daniel has four strikeouts and three base on balls.
Steve Wilkerson singled to center field to start the first. With two outs Phil Pohl singled and advanced to second on an error. Brad Felder walked to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom walked to score Wilkerson.
Georgia took the lead in the bottom of the first as they plated three runs.
The Tigers took the lead right back in the top of the second. Jay Baum singled to start the inning. Tyler Slaton beat out a bunt and the Tigers had runners on first and second with on outs. Steve Wilkerson reached on a fielder’s choice with Baum out at third. Jason Stolz grounded out to third. Tyler Slaton scored on a wild pitch with Wilkerson advancing to third. Richie Shaffer hit a two run homer to center to put the Tigers up 4-3.
Clemson plated another run in the fourth. With one out Richie Shaffer reached on an error and advanced to second. Phil Pohl singled to center to score Shaffer.
In the fifth inning Spencer Kieboom walked. With two outs Tyler Slaton singled to right scoring Kieboom. After the top of the fifth the Tigers led 6-3.
The Tigers added two insurance runs in the sixth. With one out Phil Pohl singled to right. Brad Felder singled to right advancing Pohl to second. Jon McGibbon singled to center with two outs to score Pohl and Felder. Clemson stretched the lead to 8-3.
Georgia plated one run in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh inning Jason Stolz singled with two outs. Richie Shaffer doubled to left scoring Stolz.
Clemson added one final insurance run in the eighth. Brad Felder singled to left. Felder advanced to second on a passed ball. Spencer Kieboom grounded to second advancing Felder to third. Jon McGibbon hit a sacrifice fly to score Felder and put the Tigers up 10-4.
With the victory Clemson moved to 12-11 on the season. The Tigers host Presbyterian Wednesday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.