Aaron Schunk put UGA up early with a two run homer in the first inning, setting the tone early for Clemson and Georgia’s annual renewal of the rivalry. Cam Shepard tacked on another pair of runs for the Bulldogs in the fourth off of a two run double. Clemson freshman DH Davis Sharpe continues to grow his reputation of #pitcherswhorake by ripping a solo homer in the fifth. Jordan Greene came just shy of a two run shot in the eight, but was at least able to bring in one run with a sacrifice fly. Logan Davidson scored in the ninth off a Grayson Byrd fielders choice, but the Tigers couldn’t muster up anymore runs, losing the first game of the two game series vs UGA.
Georgia pitching was outstanding, as starter Tim Elliot went 7.1 innings, only surrendering two runs and three hits before Schunk came in to finish out and get the save. Tiger starter Brooks Crawford fell to 1-2, giving up 4 runs on four hits before being pulled in the fourth. Clemson will get a shot to even the series in Athens on April 16.
For now, the Tigers will turn their attention to a big weekend series with Louisville. In addition to all the fanfare going on with Spring Game weekend, a top 20 Cardinal squad heads into Clemson for a three game tilt. UGA has a quick turnaround, playing at Kennesaw State Wednesday night before hosting SEC foe Vanderbilt for a three game weekend series.