No. 16 Clemson Baseball Batters Georgia 15-5

UGA Athletic Association

April 7, 2010

ATHENS—-The

16th-ranked Clemson Tigers built a 9-0 lead after two innings and

cruised to a 15-5 win over Georgia Tuesday in front of a crowd of 3,783

at Foley Field.

Georgia junior right-hander Eric Swegman, who

was making his first appearance since March 9, failed to retire a

batter before being replaced by senior Steve Esmonde. The first four

Tigers reached on a single, two walks and a two-run double by Jeff

Schaus (3-for-4, 3 RBI) . 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 Bulldog hurler.

Georgia (10-18) scratched for a run in the

third courtesy of a two-out, RBI-double from sophomore Peter Verdin. It

scored Kevin Ruiz (2-for-4) who notched a leadoff single. In the

fourth, Bulldog sophomore Zach Cone collected his team-leading fifth

triple, and it extended his hitting streak to 18 games. Freshman Robert

Shipman drove him in with a groundout to second that Clemson senior

Mike Freeman made a nifty play on for the first out.

Clemson

added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by John Hinson (2-for-3,

5 RBI) to make it 10-2. It was plenty of support for freshman Dominic

Leone who notched the win to move his record to 2-0. He went six

innings and surrendered just two runs on four hits with one walk and

seven strikeouts. Swegman allowed three runs on two hits in the first

and got the loss to fall to 0-2. Earls provided a strong relief outing,

pitching four innings and giving up just one unearned run with no walks

and five strikeouts.

Hinson connected for a grand slam in the

eighth to put the Tigers ahead 15-2. The Bulldogs managed to score

three runs in the ninth for the final margin. Freshman Todd Hankins had

a pinch-hit, two-run single to highlight the frame.