April 28, 2015

Tigers can’t get final out and lose in 10th to Georgia Tech (VIDEO)

Duggar had three hits in the loss

Duggar had three hits in the loss (File Photo)

Georgia Tech hit three two-out singles in the 10th inning to score two runs, capped off by Ryan Peurifoy’s walkoff single, in its 5-4 win over Clemson at Russ Chandler Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets, who won the series 2-1, improved to 26-17 overall and 11-13 in the ACC. The Tigers fell to 23-21 overall and 12-11 in ACC play. Clemson is 8-4 in its last 12 ACC games, as the four losses have been by a combined five runs.

After Matt Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the first inning, Clemson scored the next three runs, the last two coming on solo homers by Weston Wilsonand Steven Duggar in the top of the fifth inning. Wade Bailey tied the score 3-3 when he scored on Thomas Smith’s two-out, infield single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Reed Rohlman’s run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning gave Clemson a 4-3 lead. But Georgia Tech rallied with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Zac Ryan (7-1) earned the win despite allowing a run in the 10th inning.Clate Schmidt (1-2) suffered the loss.

Clemson takes five days off for final exams before hosting Louisville in a three-game series starting Saturday at 1 p.m. on RSN.

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VIDEO: Jack Leggett comments

Clemson drills Georgia Tech, evens series (VIDEO)

Jack Leggett and the Tigers will try to win the series Sunday.

Jack Leggett and the Tigers will try to win the series Sunday.

Eli White hit two of Clemson’s three home runs in the Tigers’ 11-3 victory over Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who evened the series 1-1 and became the ninth Division I program to reach the 2,700-win mark, improved to 23-20 overall and 12-10 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets fell to 25-17 overall and 10-13 in ACC play.

White’s first long ball, a two-run shot, gave Clemson a 2-1 lead in the third inning, then Tyler Krieger hit a solo homer later in the frame. White, a sophomore who entered the game with one career home run, belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. White added a triple in the top of the seventh inning and scored on Steven Duggar’s sacrifice fly.

After the Yellow Jackets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut Clemson’s lead to 5-3, Duggar belted a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, then White scored on a wild pitch. Clemson added three insurance runs in the ninth inning.

Starter Zack Erwin (4-3) earned the win by pitching 7.0 effective innings. He gave up seven hits, three runs and one walk with seven strikeouts. Cole Pitts (0-5) suffered the loss, as the starter allowed four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings pitched.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.

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VIDEO:  Clemson post game comments

Clemson can’t hold lead, drops opening game at Georgia Tech (VIDEO)

Matthew Crownover pitched well, but didn't get a win. (File Photo)

Matthew Crownover pitched well, but didn’t get a win. (File Photo)

Thomas Smith’s two-run single with one out in the eighth inning gave Georgia Tech the lead for good in its 4-2 victory over Clemson at Russ Chandler Stadium on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 25-16 overall and 10-12 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 22-20 overall and 11-10 in ACC play.

Zac Ryan (6-1) earned the win, while Taylor Vetzel (1-3) suffered the loss. Tiger starter Matthew Crownover allowed just five hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched as well.

An error by the catcher after Glenn Batson’s flyball in the second inning allowed Chris Okey to score the first run, then Andrew Cox lined a single to score Batson in the top of the fifth inning. Matt Gonzalez laced a two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Clemson’s lead in half. Gonzalez then reached on an error to lead off the eighth inning and scored on Smith’s two-run single off the glove of Andrew Cox at first base. Ryan Peurifoy added a two-out, run-scoring single.

The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m. on RSN and ESPN3.

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VIDEO:  Jack Leggett talks about the loss

Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame on Clemson’s future non-conference slate

Clemson released it's non-conference slate through the 2020 season.

Clemson released it’s non-conference slate through the 2020 season.

With games scheduled against Auburn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and the Palmetto Bowl matchup against South Carolina, Clemson football announced its non-conference football schedule through 2020 on Thursday.

The Tigers take on Auburn (2016-17) and Texas A&M (2018-19) in home-and-home agreements the next four years before traveling to Notre Dame in 2020. Clemson also adds home contests against Troy (2016), Kent State (2017), Georgia Southern (2018), Charlotte (2019) and Akron (2020).
Each year the Tigers also plan to host an in-state Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school, with SC State, The Citadel, Furman and Wofford each set to make an appearance on the schedule.
“Our fans place a big value on making sure we have seven home games in Death Valley each fall, and the great work of Kyle Young and Coach Swinney have solidified that for the next five years,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “Also, with our leadership position within the state of South Carolina, it’s important for us to welcome the FCS schools and continue to support those programs by playing one annually.”
Clemson has set dates for all contests through the 2019 season, and the Tigers are hoping to add another in-state opponent for 2020 in the coming months.
9/3 at Auburn
9/10 TROY
11/25 at South Carolina
9/8 at Texas A&M
11/30 at South Carolina
8/25 or 9/5 TBD
TBA at Notre Dame
9/19 AKRON


Clemson adds Wofford to next month’s baseball slate

Clemson will play Wofford next month.

Clemson will play Wofford next month.

Clemson added a game at Wofford on Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. to replace the rained-out game against Duke on April 19. It marks Clemson’s first game at Russell C. King Field since March 10, 2004, when the Tigers downed the Terriers 6-0. Clemson defeated Wofford 11-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 25 in their only meeting in 2015.

“We made every effort and called many teams about getting a home game to replace the Duke game, but this late in the season it was impossible to work something out,” said head coach Jack Leggett. “The next best option was to play Wofford in Spartanburg, and we’re grateful for Wofford’s accommodation to make sure we get to 56 games.”

Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $5 for standing room on the concourse and both the first-base and third-base lines. To purchase tickets, call 864-597-4090. The game on May 5 will be available on the radio on Clemson Tiger Sports Network.