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Baseball Loses Close Game to Georgia Tech

May 3, 1998

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech starting pitcher Chuck Crowder recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and junior shortstop Jay Hood made a diving stop on a ground ball up the middle to end the game as the Yello Jackets hung on to down seventh-ranked Clemson 7-6 Sunday.

Crowder, who improved to 10-3 on the season, allowed eight hits and four runs in six and two-thirds innings as Clemson dropped to 40-9 overall, 12-6 in the ACC.

The Jackets struck early with two runs in the bottom of the first, with the second run coming on an errant pickoff attempt by Tiger starter Ryan Mottl (9-2).

Clemson placed an unearned run in the top of the second but Tech answered with three runs in the fourth. The Jackets scored twice more in the bottom of the sixth.

After Tech stretched the lead to 7-1, the Tigers struck for four runs in the seventh inning, and another in the eight, but pitcher Jase Wrigley halted the Clemson comeback effort as he recorded his third save with two and a third innings in relief.

The series continues Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium. both games will be televised by Fox Sports South.

Georgia Tech 7, Clemson 6  Clemson (40-9)         010  000  410  6  10  8Georgia Tech (33-17)   200  302  00x  7   8  2Ryan Mottl, Matt White (6) and Brian Ellis.Chuck Crowder, Jase Wrigley (7) and Eric McQueenWP - Crowder (10-3)LP - Mottl (9-2)SV - Wrigley (3)T - 2:39 A- 1,617