CLEMSON — Starting pitching sunk Clemson for the second consecutive day Sunday, as Georgia Tech held on for a 7-5 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, sending the Tigers to their third straight ACC series defeat.
A day after Clemson starter Alex Eubanks could only record one out for the Tigers, Ryley Gilliam lasted the same tenure on the mound. Gilliam allowed four Yellow Jackets to score in the first inning, relieved by Clate Schmidt after just one-third of an inning.
Schmidt handled the next seven innings, allowing three runs, but the damage was done. Clemson did attempt to rally in the ninth behind RBI singles by Seth Beer and Reed Rohlman, but Eli White and Andrew Cox grounded out to end the game with the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on first base.
Clemson (26-14, 9-12 ACC) has lost six of its last seven and 11 of its last 15 ACC games, falling into a tie for 10th in the overall conference standings with Duke and North Carolina. The Tigers are next in action Saturday through Monday in a three-game series hosting the ACC Atlantic Division leader, No. 11 Florida State (28-11, 13-4.)