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Errors Doom Jackets’ Furious Comeback Effort

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Georgia Tech baseball scored eight unanswered runs to mount a tremendous comeback effort, having the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but couldn’t complete the attempt, falling 12-9 to Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Kingsmore Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (27-20, 12-14 ACC) couldn’t overcome three defensive errors that ultimately led to seven unearned runs, allowing the Tigers (30-17, 8-14 ACC) to mount a 12-1 lead.

The comeback effort was led by Tim Borden II, who homered twice on the day, including a ninth-inning blast. Andrew Jenkins and Colin Hall also homered in the late innings, while Stephen Reid and Jake DeLeo hit RBI doubles and Chandler Simpson hit an RBI single to keep the game alive.

Overall, Simpson led the way with a perfect 4-for-4 day, also drawing two walks. Jenkins, Borden and Hall all finished with two hits and two RBI, while Reid and DeLeo also had multi-hit days.

On the mound, after surrendering five in the first (two earned), RHP Marquis Grissom, Jr. (2-5) didn’t allow another hit until the fifth, finishing with five strikeouts. RHP Logan McGuire then entered and had four runs score against him in 1.1 innings despite none of them being earned, before LHP Josiah Siegel and RHP Cole McNamee turned in a combined 2.0 shutout innings to close.

Clemson was led by Caden Grice, who went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI. RHP Austin Gordon (1-0) received the win as the first arm out of the bullpen, allowing three earned runs on three hits in 3.0 innings.

Georgia Tech will finish up its three-game series at Clemson on Sunday, May 8. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network and WREK 91.1 FM.

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