The 21st-ranked Clemson Tigers defeated Georgia 5-2 Wednesday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,297.
A couple of bright spots for the Bulldogs (19-19) included shortstop Kyle Farmer and second baseman Levi Hyams both extending their hitting streaks to 16 and 8 games, respectively. Also, freshman left f ielder Connor Welton set a career-high with three hits in the game.
"We've seen these guys before," said Bulldog coach David Perno. "We've seen (Clemson starter Justin) Sarratt several times before. They have a plethora of arms in their bullpen and they are all solid."
After a couple of two-out walks in the first frame by junior right-hander Ben Cornwell, shortstop Brad Miller gave the Tigers (23-13) an early edge with a three-run home run.
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Georgia answered in the bottom of the first when Hyams scored off a Farmer sacrifice fly. Hyams reached on a first pitch double and moved to third on a Welton single.
Following the home run, Cornwell retired eight consecutive batters, before allowing a single to Miller in the fourth. At that point, junior Chase Hawkins, the first of five relievers, saw action on the night. Cornwell got the loss to fall to 1-3.
"Our relievers have been giving us everything they have," said Perno. "We depend on our good starting pitching, but the bullpen gave us a good effort tonight."
The Tigers only managed two hits off of Hawkins, who pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings before giving way to Earl Daniels in the seventh. Daniels gave up a double and a walk and took an earned run when Blake Dieterich allowed a single in his relief.
Georgia pushed across one more run in the eighth when Welton came home when Zach Cone's grounder to Miller was misplayed. Welton had reached on a single, moved to second on a Farmer groundout and took third on a wild pitch.
A Tyler Maloof wild pitch in the ninth gave the Tigers their final run. Clemson's Chris Epps scored from third after having singled and moved over on a couple of ground outs.
Sarratt went six innings for the win to improve to 3-1. He allowed one run on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Scott Weismann notched his first save.
Clemson is at home this weekend, where it will face Wake Forest in a three-game set. Friday and Saturday's game will start at 6:30 p.m. Sunday's match will start at 1 p.m.