Georgia Baseball: Bulldogs Get Sweep of Clemson


The sun finally shone on the Classic City and the Georgia baseball team Tuesday as the Dawgs completed a moral boosting season sweep of Clemson.

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The Georgia baseball team took the frustrations of the season out on Clemson at Foley Field Tuesday night, pounding out 10 hits while restricting the Tigers to two hits. The resulting 7-0 win for the Bulldogs was only their third in thirteen games and, with Georgia expecting to return injured players to the roster over the next week, gives the Dawgs hope for a strong season finish.

The Diamond Dawgs used four pitchers to sweep the series against the Tigers for the first time since 2009.

“That was the exact script we wanted,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin told after the game. “Jared Walsh was going to go out to pitch two innings and get back in the grove of things. Mike Mancuso has been pitching extremely well, and it was good to see Ryan Avidano with two scoreless innings. Jared Cheek looked as good as ever in the ninth.”

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The Bulldogs (21-20) jumped on Tiger starter Brody Koerner, using a balk and an error to go with four hits to build a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Starting pitcher Jared Walsh (4-1) gave the Dawgs two scoreless innings as part of staff night. He was followed by Mike Mancuso, who tossed a career-high four innings before giving way to Ryan Avidano for two innings. Jared Cheek pitched the ninth inning. It was Georgia’s first combined two-hitter since 2008.

The Tigers saw their five-game winning streak snap as they fell to 22-19. Earlier this year, Georgia registered a 3-2 win over Clemson.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Clemson fans that braved enemy territory in support of their Tigers. One orange clad attendee picked up a free program on Shut Out Tuesday and claimed the $5,000.00 promotional prize earned for him by the Georgia pitching staff – or the hapless Clemson batters, depending on one’s perspective.

Up next, the Bulldogs return to SEC play with a road series against Auburn that begins Thursday. First pitch will be at 7:03 p.m. and the entire series will be televised by the SEC Network.

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