Up 2-1 in the 5th inning, the Bulldogs got into a jam after two Clemson singles, one of which was a blooper that Josh Morris misplayed, put Tiger runners on the corners. Starting pitcher Paul Labrano struck out one and then Georgia Head Coach David Perno brought in his best reliever.
“I wanted to get to Will ‘the Magic Man’ Startup,” said Perno.
The move paid off.
Startup forced a fly out to left. Russell Triplet tagged a third and started his way home. But Bobby Felmy’s throw from center was perfect and Triplet was tagged out at home.
“Bobby made the best throw that he could make,” said Georgia catcher Clint Sammons.
“I was hoping that I could get to the ball. I made the throw and we got out of the inning,” said Felmy.
But Clemson Head Coach Jack Leggett didn’t see it that way. He said that the umpire missed the call.
“I had a different opinion of the play but it didn’t go that way,” he said.
The play was the determining factor in the game. The next inning Georgia’s offense powered to a 3-1 lead on a Marshall Szabo RBI single and then made the advantage 4-1 when Justin Holmes scored from 2nd after stealing 3rd and he then trotted home after Clemson’s throw to 3rd ended up in left field.
Georgia didn’t need any more runs after that but added two more when Szabo knocked in Holmes and Smith in the 6th. The Tigers added two runs in the 7th when Andy D’Alessio nailed one over the right field wall.