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Farmer struggles in loss to Clemson

Clemson, S.C. -- It was a second consecutive disappointing start for Buck Farmer on Friday. The former Rockdale standout allowed eight runs (four earned) in 6 innings as Georgia Tech lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to Clemson 11-3.

Tech, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions which came into the series 27-14, but just 11-10 in ACC play, also lost Game 2 of the doubleheader, its sixth consecutive loss, and Saturday's series finale ended too late for this edition.

Farmer threw four shut out innings before an error allowed Clemson to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of unearned runs. Farmer walked Tyler Krieger to open the frame and Jon McGibbon reached on an error. After a pop out, Tyler Slaton had an RBI-ground out and Steve Wilkerson followed with a run-scoring double that gave Clemson a 2-0 lead.

Things unraveled for Farmer and the Yellow Jackets in the seventh as Clemson tacked on five runs and chased the right-hander from the game after a bases loaded walk to Krieger made it 6-1.

Despite two consecutive rough starts -- he allowed seven earned runs in five innings to N.C. State on April 19 -- Farmer still has stellar numbers in 2013.

In 11 starts, the 6-4, 223-pound senior has allowed 21 earned runs in 75 innings pitched (2.51 ERA), while striking out 83 batters and walking only 21.

The Rockdale graduate had some good news earlier in the week as he was named one of 41 pitchers nationwide to the initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions on June 29.

"Buck has had an outstanding career and is putting us on his back every time he takes the mound," Tech head coach Danny Hall told ramblinwreck.com. "He is doing exactly what you'd like a senior to do. He's established himself as one of the nation's best pitchers and it's great for him to be recognized on this list."