ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 20 Clemson Tigers and No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs made history early Wednesday morning.
The teams played the longest baseball game in either program's history.
Clemson fell short in its attempt to avenge a loss to the Bulldogs two weeks ago in non-conference play, dropping the second game of a home-and-home series 3-2 at Foley Field.
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 20th, a walk and a wild throw on a pickoff attempt moved the winning run to second base. Two batters later, redshirt freshman Conner Tate ended the game with a walk-off single at 1:36 a.m.
The game that started at 7 p.m. was complete after six hours and 36 minutes. Nearly two complete football games between the defending national champion Tigers and SEC power Bulldogs could have been played in the time covered by the Tuesday night/Wednesday morning baseball game.
The non-conference loss dropped the Tigers to 0-3 on the season in extra-inning games.
Starting pitchers Jacob Hennessy (Clemson) and Tim Elliott (Georgia) were locked in a duel early on, as the two allowed only three combined hits and no earned runs through the first five innings.
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The Tigers finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth. After Sam Hall walked and advanced to second on a ground-out by Grayson Byrd, Kyle Wilkie’s single plated the Tigers’ first run of the night. One batter later, the Tigers added to their lead, as Bryar Hawkins' stand-up triple with two outs plated Wilkie from first and gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as they plated two runs on one hit and an error off of Tiger reliever Sam Weatherly.
The 20-inning game was the longest game in the history of the Clemson-Georgia series. The game was Clemson’s longest game in school history.
Clemson has relied on many freshmen and sophomores to contribute in 2019: The weekend rotation features two freshmen (Davis Sharpe, Keyshawn Askew) and a sophomore (Mat Clark). Two of the Tigers’ best relievers have been sophomore righthander Holt Jones and sophomore lefthander Sam Weatherly.
The Tigers return home to Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend vs. the Duke Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference series Friday-Sunday. First pitch on Friday is 6 p.m.