Georgia natives lead Clemson baseball team to win at Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia natives Tyler Slaton and Matthew Crownover helped lead the Clemson baseball team to a 9-1 win at Georgia on Tuesday night.

Slaton had a career-high four hits and Crownover pitched 5 strong innings for the Tigers (16-8) on the first night of a home-and-home series.

Crownover (3-0), a freshman left-hander from Ringgold, Ga., got the win. He gave up four hits, one run, and two walks with four strikeouts. Jonathan Meyer and Hilton Head Prep grad Patrick Andrews both pitched 2 scoreless innings to close out the game.

Steven Duggar hit a two-run home run in the first inning to spark the Tigers, who added three runs in the third inning and four more runs in the fifth inning to pull away.

Slaton, a sophomore outfielder from Cumming, Ga., went 4 for 5 with two runs to lead Clemson's 13-hit attack. Duggar went 3 for 5, and Jon McGibbon went 2 for 4 with a double and a game-high four RBIs. Shane Kennedy added two hits and two runs.

Hunter Cole went 3 for 4 with an RBI to lead Georgia (8-17).

Luke Crumley (1-4), the first of four Bulldog pitchers, took the loss. He surrendered five runs in 3 innings.

Clemson and Georgia play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.