No. 16 Clemson 15, Georgia 5 (baseball)
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Tigers built a 9-0 lead after two innings and cruised over Georgia in front of a crowd of 3,783 at Foley Field.
Clemson's victory snapped Georgia's four-game winning streak in the series. The annual two-game set concludes today when the Bulldogs travel to Clemson. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Georgia junior right-hander Eric Swegman, who was making his first appearance since March 9, failed to retire a batter before being replaced by Steve Esmonde. The first four Tigers reached on a single, two walks and a two-run double by Jeff Schaus (3-for-4, 3 RBIs).
Esmonde allowed just a sacrifice fly before putting an end to the Tiger outburst but not before they had a 3-0 lead. Clemson (21-8) went right back to work in the second, adding six runs on eight hits to build a 9-0 advantage and chase Esmonde. He allowed five runs in the frame and then senior Justin Earls was the next hurler for the Bulldogs (10-18).
Clemson added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by John Hinson (2-for-3, 5 RBIs) to make it 10-2. It was plenty of support for freshman Dominic Leone (2-0), who earned the win.
Hinson connected for a grand slam in the eighth to put the Tigers ahead 15-2.