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.