Clemson blasts Georgia in game one of midweek series

ATHENS, GA (WACH) - Georgia native Tyler Slaton tallied a career-high four hits and Georgia native Matthew Crownover pitched five strong innings to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at Foley Field on Tuesday night.

The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the home-and-home, midweek series, improved to 16-8 on the season. The Bulldogs fell to 8-17 in 2013.

The Tigers got on to Georgia early with two runs in the first inning. Steven Duggar pounded a two-run home run, then Clemson added three runs in the third inning and four more runs in the fifth inning to pull away.

Crownover (3-0), a freshman lefthander from Ringgold, GA, pitched five innings to earn the win. He gave up four hits, one run, and struck out four. Jonathan Meyer and Patrick Andrews both pitched two scoreless innings to close the game.

Luke Crumley (1-4), the first of four Bulldog pitchers, suffered the loss. He gave up five hits, five runs, and three walks with one strikeout in three innings of work.

Clemson and Georgia are set to wrap up their two-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday at 7:00pm.