May 27, 2008
Game 9 Notes: Clemson 10, Georgia Tech 4
Clemson freshman left fielder Jeff Schaus gave Clemson its first lead in the top of the third inning with a two-run home run to right field. All three of Schaus’ home runs this season have come in the last 11 days, with the first coming against the College of Charleston on May 16 and the second against Central Florida on May 16.
Schaus, who hit .317 for the year, finished the game 1-for-4 at the plate, with two RBI and two runs scored. He is 7-for-17 (.412) against Georgia Tech this season.
Georgia Tech’s Derek Dietrich hit safely in each of his first two at-bats, and finished 3-for-5. With the three hits, Dietrich tied a season and career high.
Clemson center fielder Wilson Boyd tied the game at three with his 11th home run of the season in the sixth inning, and finished the contest with three hits. It was his first three-hit performance since April 5 against Miami.
Georgia Tech pitcher Zach Von Tersch entered in relief for starter Eddie Burns in the top of the seventh inning. The appearance was Von Tersch’s first out of the bullpen all season. He had started 13 games prior to today, with a 7-4 overall record during the regular season.
Clemson’s Ben Paulsen hit his first-ever grand slam, which also tied for an ACC Tournament individual record, to put the Tigers up 7-3 in the seventh inning. Paulsen has 13 home runs this season.
With eight hits through seven innings, Clemson matched its total from the first two tournament games combined. The Tigers hit safely six times against Miami on Wednesday, before managing only two hits against NC State Thursday night. Clemson finished with 13 hits.
Georgia Tech reliever Andrew Robinson came on to close out the ninth inning for the Yellow Jackets. Robinson now leads Tech and ranks fourth in the ACC with 31 appearances this season.
Clemson, which improved to 32-26-1 with the victory, is 98-55 in 35 all-time appearances in the ACC Championship. The Tigers own 24 more victories than NC State, which has the second-most tournament wins (74).
Clemson leads the all-time ACC Championship series against Georgia Tech, 14-9.