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GSU crushes Clemson

GSU crushes Clemson

GSU crushes Clemson

Georgia Southern shortstop Dalton Bus...

    After dropping two of three to Elon over the weekend, Georgia Southern needed to get back on track.
    Who better to help with that than the No. 17 Clemson Tigers?
    Georgia Southern’s bats came alive and the Eagles crushed Clemson 14-5 on Tuesday at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    The Eagles (17-4) got home runs from Aaron Mizell and Kody Adams, bringing their nation-leading tally to 31 on the season.
    “I thought we had a good approach overall,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “We showed some discipline at the plate and got into some good counts. We were able to make some big things happen.”
    Starting pitcher Ryan Frederick (2-0) got the win, pitching three strong innings and allowing a run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.   
    Jason Richman struck out three and allowed a run in four innings of relief.
    Clemson (12-7) scattered 10 hits but also committed three errors.
    Hitting from the three-hole, Mizell drove in four runs to lead GSU, and the bottom four hitters combined for nine runs.
    The Eagles got to work right away, when Dalton Busby reached with a leadoff walk.
    Busby took second on a single from Stryker Brown and advanced to third on a flyout. He came around to score on an RBI fielders choice by Chase Griffin.
    Griffin grounded to the pitcher, and the ball came back to the plate, catching Busby in a rundown between third and home. After forcing a throw to first baseman Jon McGibbon at home, it looked as though Busby was a sitting duck, but Busby avoided McGibbon’s tag and made it home safely.
    Ryan Cleveland cleared the bases with a double to give GSU an early 3-0 advantage.
    Fredrick set Clemson down in order in the second.
“Ryan did a nice job for us starting the ballgame,” Hennon said. “We made a couple of big defensive plays behind him and getting the three spot early for him to pitch with was big.”
    The Eagles chased Clemson starter Zach Erwin in the third after a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly by Mizell plated two more, and reliever Clate Schmidt walked in two more GSU runs.
    Clemson finally plated a run in the fourth when Tyler Krieger doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice, but the Eagles answered right back when a two-run homer by Adams put them up 9-1. Clemson plated a run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Chris Okey and Steve Wilkerson.
    Mizell hit a two-run bomb in the fifth and drove in another with a sac fly in the sixth.
    Brown drove in two more GSU  runs in the seventh with a bases-loaded single.
    Clemson tacked on three runs on reliever Byron Yelverton in the ninth before Yelverton got three-straight outs, including a strikeout to end the game.
    The series closes today at 4 p.m.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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