Brandon Stephens collected 3 RBI in Wednesday's win.
April 11, 2012
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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Georgia erased an early 7-2 deficit to post an 8-7 win over Clemson Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Bulldogs (20-13) scored six runs on four hits in the fifth to rally past the Tigers who dropped to 19-15. Catcher Phil Pohl gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring single following a one-out double by centerfielder Thomas Brittle. Clemson chased Georgia freshman right-hander David Sosebee in the second with a four-run outburst. Steve Wilkerson delivered a two-run triple and Brittle added a two-run blast for a 5-0 advantage. Georgia pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth to trim the deficit to 5-2. Conor Welton and Brandon Stephens registered an RBI off of Daniel Gossett. Clemson responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring two runs off Ross Ripple to build its lead back to five at 7-2.
The Bulldogs got to Gossett in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Colby May delivered a two-run single and Clemson went to its bullpen in freshman Patrick Andrews. Freshman Justin Bryan drew a walk to load the bases again and then Andrews struck out Welton . Stephens came through again with a two-run single to bring Georgia to within one at 7-6. Third baseman Curt Powell tied the game with a run-scoring single and Georgia claimed an 8-7 lead when Stephens scored on a wild pitch.
Georgia looked to right-hander Earl Daniels in the fifth, and he got two outs before leaving with the bases loaded when freshman Pete Nagel put an end to the threat by striking out Wilkerson to preserve the lead. Nagel took care of the sixth and Georgia looked to freshma Jarrett Brown in the seventh. Brown pitched around a leadoff error by Powell. Jay Baum reached on the miscue and made it to third with two outs before Powell made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Jason Stolz.
A total of 14 pitchers saw action in the contest including eight by the Bulldogs. Ripple (1-0) picked up his first career win while Andrews got the loss to fall to 0-2. Junior Blake Dieterich pitched the ninth for his sixth save. The Tigers had won the last five meetings in the series including a 10-5 decision in Athens last month. Dieterich retired the Tigers in order in the ninth, the first time Clemson went quietly on the night.
"It was a good comeback, and I liked what I saw from a few of our freshmen towards the end coming out of the bullpen," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Pete (Nagel) and Luke (Crumley) did a nice job, Jarrett (Brown) did some good things too. Then, we had one of our veterans in Blake Dieterich, and he was outstanding in closing it out."
Georgia will be back in action Thursday for the start of an SEC series with No. 18 Ole Miss (23-10, 6-6 SEC). First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised live by ESPNU.