By Trey McCurry.
Atlanta, GA -Spencer Kieboom drove in five runs Saturday afternoon as the Tigers slammed Georgia Tech 13-7.
Dominic Leone got the start for the Tigers. Leone went four innings giving up eight hits, six runs and six earned runs. Mike Kent came in to relieve Leone in the fifth and pitched a gem. Kent went five innings and only gave up four hits, one run and one earned run.
Clemson scored 13 runs on 17 hits. Spencer Kieboom went 3-5 with five RBIs including a grand slam. Phil Pohl also played well at the plate going 3-5 with three RBIs. Brad Felder went 3-4 while Jason Stolz went 2-4 with two RBIs.
Georgia Tech took the lead in the bottom of the first when they plated one run.
Clemson responded in the top of the second. Phil Pohl hit a solo homerun to tie the game 1-1.
The Jackets took the lead again with one run in the bottom of the second.
In the third inning Brad Felder doubled with no outs. Jason Stolz singled to center to tie the game 2-2.
Clemson took the lead in the fourth. Phil Pohl was hit by a pitch. Jay Baum singled up the middle advancing Pohl to third. Jon McGibbon walked to load the bases. Spencer Kieboom hit a grand slam down the left field line to put the Tigers up 6-2.
The Tigers plated four more in the fifth. Phil Pohl singled to left. With one out Jon McGibbon singled to right. Spencer Kieboom doubled down the left field line scoring Pohl and advancing McGibbon to third. Brad Felder was intentionally walked. Jason Stolz singled to right scoring McGibbon and advancing Kieboom to third. Steven Wilkerson grounded to second scoring Kieboom. After the top of the fifth Clemson led 10-2.
Georgia Tech rallied in the bottom of the fifth for four runs of their own to make the score 10-6. Another run by the Jackets in the sixth cut the lead to 10-7.
In the seventh Brad Felder singled to right then stole second. Jason Stolz walked and Steve Wilkerson bunted the runners over to second and third. With two outs Georgia Tech intentionally walked Richie Shaffer to load the bases. Phil Pohl made the Jackets pay with a single to center to score Felder and Stolz and stretch Clemson’s lead to 12-7.
Clemson added an insurance run in the ninth. With one out Steve Wilkerson doubled to right. Thomas Brittle tripled off the right field wall to score Wilkerson.
The Tigers moved to 25-19 overall and 13-10 in the ACC with the victory. Clemson and Georgia Tech finish the series Sunday at 1:00 PM.