Tyler Krieger’s two-out single in the 11th inning plated Garrett Boulware for the walkoff run in #13 Clemson’s 4-3 win over #19 Georgia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader in front of 5,231 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 series lead, improved to 30-13 overall and 15-8 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets fell to 27-16 overall and 11-12 in ACC play.
The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Clemson cut Georgia Tech’s lead in half with a run in the eighth inning before the Yellow Jackets scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to take another two-run lead. However, Clemson rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and plated the winning run in the 11th inning on its fourth walkoff hit of the season, including the second by Krieger.
Scott Firth (5-4) pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn the win. He gave up two hits, no runs, and two walks with one strikeout. Starter Matthew Crownover struck out a career-high six batters in 5.1 innings pitched as well.
Evans (0-2) suffered the loss in 2.2 innings pitched. He yielded two hits, three runs (two earned), and seven walks. Starter Dusty Isaacs allowed just two hits, no runs, and six walks with one strikeout in 6.1 innings pitched. The three Yellow Jacket pitchers combined to walk 15 batters, but only allowed four of Clemson’s 23 baserunners to score.
Kyle Wren led off the sixth inning with a double to right field and advanced to third on Brandon Thomas’ sacrifice bunt. Evans ripped a 1-2 pitch over the third-base bag for a double to score Wren. After Daniel Palka flared a single to right-center, Sam Dove reached on a fielder’s choice as Palka was retired at second and Evans scored to give Georgia Tech a 2-0 lead.
Steven Duggar led off the eighth inning with a walk after being down in the count 0-2. After stealing second and moving to third on an error, Duggar scored on Boulware’s single through the left side to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead in half.
Dove led off the top of the ninth inning with an infield single and stole second. Three batters later with two outs, Mott Hyde belted a double to left field to score Dove, upping Georgia Tech’s lead to 3-1.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jon McGibbon led off with a walk after being down in the count 0-2. Thomas Brittle ripped a triple off first-baseman A.J. Murray’s glove to score McGibbon. Tyler Slaton walked on five pitches and stole second, then Steve Wilkerson walked on four pitches to load the bases with no outs. Duggar grounded into a double play to plate Brittle and tie the score.
Wren led off the top of the 10th inning with an infield single and stole second. After Wren advanced to third on Thomas’ sacrifice bunt, Wren was retired on a grounder by Evans back to the mound before Evans took second on the rundown. After Palka was intentionally walked, Dove struck out to end the inning.
Costigan reached with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and Krieger walked. McGibbon grounded out to second to move both runners into scoring position, then Brittle walked on four pitches to load the bases. But Slaton grounded out to first to end the inning.
Wilkerson reached as the leadoff batter of the 11th inning on an error and stole second. Two batters later, Boulware walked on four pitches. Shane Kennedy walked to load the bases, then Maleeke Gibson reached on a fielder’s choice as Wilkerson was retired at the plate for out #2. But Krieger came through with a single down the left-field line on a 2-2 pitch to plate Boulware for the winning run.
Boulware and Krieger had two hits apiece to lead Clemson, who had just five hits in the game. Slaton added a game-high four walks. Every Tiger starter walked at least once.
Wren, Evans, and Dove had two hits apiece to pace the Yellow Jackets, who totaled 10 hits in the contest.
Clemson and Georgia Tech will play game-three of the three-game series on Saturday at 11:00 AM.
Clemson, ranked as high as #13 in the nation, scored all 11 of its runs in its final four innings at the plate to defeat #19 Georgia Tech 11-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Daniel Gossett (7-2), the first of three Tiger pitchers, earned the win. In 7.0 innings pitched, he allowed five hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts.
Georgia Tech starter Buck Farmer (7-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded nine hits, eight runs (four earned), and five walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.
In the fifth inning, Tyler Krieger led off with an eight-pitch walk. Jon McGibbon hit a grounder to second for a potential double play, but Matt Gonzalez’s throw to second was errant, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Two batters later, Tyler Slaton grounded out to second to score Krieger, then Steve Wilkerson hit a two-out double to score McGibbon.
The Tigers added a run in the sixth inning. Joe Costigan flared a one-out single to left and Tyler Krieger reached on a bunt single. McGibbon followed with a single up the middle to score pinch-runner Maleeke Gibson and give Clemson a 3-0 lead.
Zane Evans led off the top of the seventh inning with a double to left-center on a 1-2 pitch. Two batters later, Sam Dove lined a one-out double down the right-field line to score Evans, then A.J. Murray grounded a 1-2 pitch through the right side for a single to advance Dove to third. But Mott Hyde struck out and Daniel Spingola grounded out to keep the Tigers ahead 3-1.
Clemson responded with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Wilkerson lined a one-out single to center and Steven Duggar grounded a single through right side. Garrett Boulware followed with a double down the left-field line to score Wilkerson. After Jay Baum was intentionally walked to load the bases, Gibson reached on an error by Murray at first that allowed Duggar to score, then Krieger walked on four pitches to score Boulware. McGibbon walked on four pitches to score Baum, then Thomas Brittle reached on a fielder’s choice that plated Gibson.
Duggar led off the eighth inning with a walk and pinch-hitter Kevin Bradley flared a single to right-center. Baum followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Duggar. After Gibson singled through the right side, Krieger laced a single through the left side to score Bradley. McGibbon then lined a single to left-center to score Gibson.
Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on an error on a run-down play after Dove’s grounder to the mound. Murray followed with a single through the right side to score Dove.
Krieger led Clemson’s 13-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks. McGibbon went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two walks, while Wilkerson and Duggar added two hits apiece.
Dove and Murray had two hits apiece to pace the Yellow Jackets, who had eight hits in the contest.