Georgia Southern routs Clemson 14-5 for first win vs. Tigers since 2001
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The Georgia Southern Eagles scored seven runs in the first three frames and ran away with the mid-week series opener against the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers 14-5 at J.I. Clements Stadium on Tuesday.
Ryan Frederick held Clemson (12-7) scoreless in the first three innings as Georgia Southern (17-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Frederick (2-0) pitched into the fourth inning and earned the win in his first mid-week start of the season.
"Ryan did a nice job for us starting the ball game. We made a couple of big defensive plays behind him and getting the three spot early for him to pitch with was big," head coach Rodney Hennon said.
The Eagles tallied 13 hits and walked a season-best 11 times en route to snapping a 13-game losing streak in the series that dates back to 2001. Aaron Mizell led the offense charge with four RBI and his team-leading ninth home run of the season. Stryker Brown and Ben Morgan both tallied three hits, while Aaron Palmer walked four times.
"I thought we had a good approach overall," Hennon said. "We showed some discipline at the plate and got into some good counts. We were able to make some big things happen."
Making his second career start against GSU, Zack Erwin allowed seven runs and left in the third inning after walking Brown to load the bases for the third time that inning. The Eagles scored four runs that frame on three hits and three bases-loaded walks. Erwin (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing five hits and four walks in 2.2 innings.
Clemson finished with 10 hits with five of the top six batters in the order recording two hits apiece. Steve Wilkerson drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
The Eagles opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning. Dalton Busby scored the game's first run after evading the tag of first baseman Jon McGibbon during a run down between third base and home plate. Ryan Cleveland followed Chase Griffin's RBI fielder's choice with a two-RBI double.
GSU scored a combined five runs in the middle three innings with two coming on a Kody Adams homer in the fourth inning. Mizell hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and plated a run in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.
Clemson scored three runs in the ninth inning, their most of any inning. Garrett Boulware started the scoring with a RBI single and later scored on a Steve Wilkerson sacrifice fly. Steven Duggar plated the second run of the inning with another sacrifice fly.