Westphal (2-0) tossed seven scoreless innings only allowing four hits while striking out two and walking one en route to the win as the Bulldogs (17-12) swept the two-game set over the Tigers (15-13. Also, it marked Georgia’s first win here at Clemson since 1993.Westphal posted the longest outing by a Georgia starter this season. Sophomore Jonathan Wyatt paced the Dogs offensively going 2-3 with two RBI.
“We got a tremendous pitching performance from Mickey Westphal, and we’re really proud of him,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “He has come back from shoulder surgery and has been sharp the last two times out. We got some timely hitting again including from Jonathan (Wyatt), and that’s a good sign. Any time you beat Clemson no matter where it is, it's a hard fought game.”
In the second inning, Brandon Lowe drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on sacrifice bunt by Jason Jacobs. With two-outs in the inning, Wyatt belted a run scoring single to right putting the Bulldogs up 1-0.
Georgia added three more runs in the fourth. Josh Morris singled, moved to second on a groundout, and then came around to score when Jacobs reached on a throwing error by Clemson pitcher Stephen Faris. After Derek Smith reached on a fielder’s choice, Wyatt delivered a two-out RBI double over the reach of Tiger right fielder Travis Storrer. On the season, Wyatt has come through in the clutch with eight of his 12 RBI coming with two outs, five of which came in the two-game set versus Clemson. Kyle Keen followed with a RBI double of his own that scored another run stretching the Georgia lead to 4-0.
Clemson threatened to score in their half of the inning. With two outs and one runner on, the Tigers designated hitter Kris Harvey appeared to have hit a home run until Wyatt raced back, leaped up and made the grab against the fence to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Clemson managed to avoid being shutout scoring one run when Stan Widmann hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Tyler Harbin to score. The Tigers saw the possible tying run come up to the plate twice in the inning, but Mitchell Boggs was able to pitch threw it getting Andy D’Alessio to strikeout swinging to end the game after he fouled off four pitches.
Faris went the distance, allowing four runs, only one earned, with three walks and eight strikeouts but took the loss to fall to 2-1. Georgia freshman Josh Fields pitched a perfect inning in the eighth with two strikeouts before Boggs came on in the ninth. Georgia won Tuesday's game over the Tigers in Athens 11-10 to sweep the series.
Up next, Georgia returns to Southeastern Conference play when it faces fifth-ranked Florida. First pitch at Foley Field is slated for 7:06 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS.
Photos from the game