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Georgia Defeats Clemson 3-2

The Dawgs used some late inning runs to topple the Tigers on Tuesday night

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After giving up a second pitch lead off home run to Stephen Wrenn of Georgia, Clemson  Junior Jake Long settled in to pitch 6 innings, giving up no more runs, and only four hits and four walks. A Chase Pinder solo homer in the second tied it up. Clemson was then able to take a lead off of Robert Jolly's pinch hit double in the 6th which scored catcher Chris Okey. Pat Krall came in to relieve Long, and did a solid job, but it wasn't enough.

In the 8th, Brandon Stephens singled for the Dawgs with one out. He was pushed over to second on a sacrifice bunt from left fielder DJ Smith, who entered the game early on when starting left fielder Keegan McGovern went down with an apparent knee injury. With two outs, former Tiger Trevor Kieboom came to the plate and drilled a single to the outfield that was able to score Stephens and tie it up. Krall was able to get out of the inning after pinch hitter Jared Walsh flew out to centerfield. The Dawgs brought in freshman Bo Tucker, who was able to sit down all three Clemson batters.

In the top of the 9th, Clemson brought in right hander Taylor Vetzel to pitch. Nick King reached on a throwing error by Eli White. King was able to then steal second and advance to third off of a Wrenn single. Skyler Weber then lined out to Tyler Slaton, who made a heck of a throw from center, but it was just off center, and Okey was unable to apply the tag, allowing UGA to take the lead. Vetzel was able to strike out Zach Bowers, who was then ejected after he began viciously arguing with home plate umpire Danny Everett. Alex Bostic came in to finish the Bulldogs off, but the damage was already done. Clemson was unable to put together any ninth inning magic, as Weston Wilson flew out to center, Eli White grounded out, and Slaton then struck out swinging.

The loss puts the Tigers at 16-16 for the year, as they head into tomorrows home game with instate foe Charleston Southern (first pitch 4:00). Georgia moves to 19-15, and will travel to Hoover, Alabama this weekend as they face the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are playing their "home" games in Hoover due to renovations at their stadium in Tuscaloosa.