By Trey McCurry.
Atlanta, GA – Clemson put 18 hits on the board as they defeated Georgia Tech 11-8 Sunday afternoon. With the win the Tigers won a series at Georgia Tech for the first time since 1996.
Kevin Pohle got the start for the Tigers and pitched well until the fourth inning. Pohle went 3.2 innings and gave up six hits, four runs and four earned runs. Daniel Gossett came in to relieve Pohle and went the distance. Gossett went 5.1 innings and gave up three hits, four runs and four earned runs.
Clemson scored 11 runs on 18 hits. Spencer Kieboom remained hot at the plate going 5-5 with two RBIs. Jay Baum was 2-4 with two RBIs while Steve Wilkerson went 3-6 with two RBIs. Jon McGibbon also went 2-6 with two RBIs.
In the first inning the Tigers took the lead. With two outs Richie Shaffer walked. Phil Pohl walked to advance Shaffer to second. Jay Baum singled to score Shaffer and the Tigers led 1-0.
Spencer Kieboom started the second with a single up the middle. Brad Felder reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs Steve Wilkerson singled to third advancing Felder to third. Thomas Brittle reached on an error scoring Felder. After two innings the Tigers led 2-0.
Clemson broke the game open in the fourth. Jason Stolz started things off with a homerun. Steve Wilkerson singled to center. Thomas Brittle doubled to center advancing Wilkerson to third. With one out Phil Pohl was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jon McGibbon singled to right scoring Wilkerson and Brittle. After the top of the fourth the Tigers led 7-0.
Georgia Tech stormed back in the bottom of the fourth. The Jackets put four runs on the board. Daniel Gossett came in to get a strikeout with the bases loaded to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth Georgia Tech scored two more runs to cut the lead to one at 7-6.
Spencer Kieboom started the seventh inning with a single. Brad Felder followed with a single to right. Jason Stolz bunted the runners over to second and third. Steve Wilkerson singled up the middle to score Kieboom and Felder.
Clemson added two more insurance runs in the top of the eighth. With one out Jay Baum singled to short. Jon McGibbon singled to right advancing Baum to second. Spencer Kieboom singled to right scoring Baum and advancing Kieboom to third. Brad Felder singled to right scoring Kieboom and pushing the Tiger’s lead to 11-6.
Georgia Tech plated two runs in the ninth, but the Tigers held on for the victory.
With the victory Clemson moved to 26-19 overall and 14-10 in the ACC. The Tigers return to action next weekend with a series against College of Charleston.