The Georgia Bulldogs won the first game of a two-game midweek series over the Clemson Tigers, 6-3, in front of 5,801 in the inaugural game at SRP Park in Augusta.
Clemson’s fortunes turned on one key at-bat, as Michael Curry smacked a three-run home run off Travis Marr, who replace starting pitcher Spencer Strider in the middle of the count. Strider, who went blemish-free in the opening two innings labored in the third, allowing two singles, two walks, a sacrifice fly and left a 2-0 count for Marr to inherit.
The fateful third ruined a hot start for the Tigers, who scored three runs via the long ball on an opposite-field home run by Drew Wharton and Jordan Greene’s liner off the left-field foul pole.
Marr limited the damage following the home run, pitching the next 3 and 2/3 innings without allowing a run, but the Clemson bats couldn’t cooperate.
Georgia pitching retired eight in a row during one stretch, striking out 13 Clemson batters in the game. After the Tigers’ three-run third, Clemson didn’t advance a runner past second base the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the eight with an RBI groundout, but the lead proved already insurmountable.
Clemson Head Coach Monte Lee believed his hitters fell behind in way too many counts:
Clemson infielder Jordan Greene says he’s not surprised about the increased pop in his bat, and is embracing his new role with the emergence of Kier Meredith at the top of the order:
The Tigers will conclude the series next Tuesday when they travel to Athens to face Georgia at Foley Field. Clemson’s (25-8) next test comes with ACC home series against Miami this weekend at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.