Clemson, SC – The Tigers built a 5-0 lead early but gave up eight runs in two innings to fall to Georgia 8-7 Wednesday night.
Daniel Gossett got the start for the Tigers. Gossett went 4.1 innings giving up five hits, six runs, six earned runs with four strikeouts and five walks. Patrick Andrews pitched .2 innings giving up two hits, two runs and two earned runs. Clay Bates pitched 1.2 innings and gave up no hits or runs. Joseph Moorefield faced one batter who flied out to end the inning with two runners on base. Jonathan Meyer and Scott Firth pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
The Tigers scored seven runs on 11 hits. Thomas Brittle went 3-5 with three RBIs. Steve Wilkerson was 2-5 with two RBI’s.
In the bottom of the first Thomas Brittle doubled with one out. Richie Shaffer walked before Phil Pohl singled to left to score Brittle. After one the Tigers led 1-0.
Clemson plated four runs in the second. With one out Spencer Kieboom walked. Jason Stolz doubled down the left field line to advance Kieboom to third. Steve Wilkerson tripled to right center to score Kieboom and Stolz. Thomas Brittle hit his first homerun as a Tiger, a two-run shot to right field. After the second inning the Tigers led 5-0.
Georgia got on the board in the fourth with two runs.
In the bottom of the fourth Spencer Kieboom hit a leadoff single. With one out Kieboom advanced to second on a wild pitch. Steve Wilkerson singled to left field advancing Kieboom to third. Thomas Brittle singled to right scoring Kieboom. Richie Shaffer singled to right scoring Wilkerson to build Clemson’s lead to 7-2.
The pitching fell apart for the Tigers in the fifth inning. Gossett was replaced by Andrews in the inning and the two combined for four walks and allowed six Georgia batters to cross the plate. After the top of the fifth Georgia led 8-7.
Clemson fell to 19-14 with the loss. The Tigers play NC State Friday night.