GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Will Lamb gave Clemson a pleasant memory from the ACC tournament.

Making his first start in 40 days, Lamb tossed 6 1/3 innings as the Tigers beat Georgia Tech, 9-3 , and avoided becoming the only winless team in the tournament.

The Yellow Jackets, who beat N.C. State earlier in the day, were eliminated from championship eligibility, a fate that befell the Tigers when they dropped their first two games.

"This is huge for us," Tigers coach Jack Leggett said. "This was a pride-factor game, and we wanted to play well against Georgia Tech because they handled us pretty good the last time we saw them. And we wanted to get momentum going into next weekend."

The Tigers are going to an NCAA regional, and now they'll take a share of good vibes with them.

Richie Shaffer's three-run homer in the first gave the Tigers an early lead, and Lamb conspired with center fielder Addison Johnson to help them keep it. Johnson made two leaping catches against the fence, depriving the Jackets of at least three runs in the process.

Lamb hadn't started on the mound since April 18, when Georgia Tech pelted him for seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

On Saturday, Lamb was solid, striking out four, allowing two earned runs and walking two on six hits.

"In the last start at Georgia Tech, I was getting overwhelmed and consumed by the game," Lamb admitted. "Tonight, I went pitch-to-pitch and worried about just getting outs."

It was the Yellow Jackets' turn to come slightly unhinged. The Tigers got their fifth run with the help of two balks by Bradley in span of 30 seconds.

The Yellow Jackets established one viable threat shortly after Lamb's seventh-inning departure, but reliever Dominic Leone struck out Tony Plagman to end the threat. Plagman entered the game with a .364 average, 19 home runs and 73 RBIs.

"We got the lead, and Will took over the rest of the game," Shaffer said. "Even when they scratched out a couple of runs, we felt comfortable out there. We had a great approach at the plate today and just got the job done."