BOX SCORE: Wake Forest 9 Clemson 3
Sophomore lefthander Tim Cooney pitched a complete game and Wake Forest totaled 12
hits in its 9-3 win over Clemson in front of 5,280 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on
Saturday night. The Demon Deacons, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 16-24
overall and 7-13 in the ACC. The Tigers, who saw their six-game winning streak come
to an end, fell to 24-14 overall and 10-10 in ACC play.
The Demon Deacons broke a 1-1 tie with three two-out runs in the third inning and
never trailed again. Wake Forest added runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth
innings to put the game away. The Demon Deacons scored in six of the nine innings
thanks in large part to putting their leadoff batter on base seven times in the
Cooney (5-2) stymied the Tiger offense by tossing his first career complete game in
earning the victory. He allowed nine hits, three runs (two earned), and no walks
with seven strikeouts in throwing just 98 pitches.
Scott Firth (3-1), the first of five Clemson hurlers, suffered the loss. He gave up
two hits, three runs, and four walks with one strikeout in 2.0 innings pitched.
Freshman righthander Matt Campbell pitched 2.1 hitless innings with a career-high
four strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in his longest career outing.
The Demon Deacons took the game's first lead in the top of the first inning. Conor
Keniry drew a one-out walk, stole second, and scored on Steven Brooks' single to
In the bottom of the first inning, John Hinson led off with a double to right-center
on the first pitch. Two batters later, Brad Miller flared a single to center to
In the third inning, Pat Blair led off with a hit-by-pitch, then Keniry walked after
fouling off the first two pitches on failed bunt attempts. Brooks' groundout to
first moved the runners up a base, then Matt Conway struck out for out #2. But Mac
Williamson came through with a single through the left side to plate Blair and
Keniry as Williamson moved to second on a fielding error by Jeff Schaus. Charlie
Morgan then lined a single to right-center to score Williamson and give Wake Forest
a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers cut into the Demon Deacon lead in the fourth inning. Phil Pohl led off
with a single to center, but he was erased on Miller's fielder's choice. Two batters
later, Schaus laced a two-out double off the wall in right field to score Miller.
In the fifth inning, Conway led off with a shallow flyball that fell for a double
down the right-field line. Williamson laid down a sacrifice bunt that hit his bat,
went straight downward, bounced off the ground and hit his bat again, and rolled
forward towards the left side of the infield. He reached and advanced to second base
when Pohl's throw was to first base was errant, also allowing Conway to score from
second base. Morgan's groundout to second advanced Williamson to third, then
Williamson scored on Carlos Lopez's sacrifice fly to right-center.
Wake Forest added to its lead in the sixth inning. Brett Armour led off with an
infield single and scored on Blair's double to left-center.
In the seventh inning, Lopez hit a two-out single to right-center and pinch-hitter
Stephen Schoettmer followed with a single up the middle. Armour then belted a single
to left field to score Lopez.
In the eighth inning, Keniry led off with a walk. Brooks struck out swinging as
Keniry was attempting to steal second. Pohl's throw sailed into centerfield, then
the home-plate umpire called interference and sent Keniry back to first base. Conway
followed with a walk, then Williamson reached on a catcher's interference. Morgan's
fielder's choice then plated Keniry.
In the ninth inning, Shaffer reached when Zane Yanzick dropped his flyball to lead
off the inning. Two batters later, Will Lamb reached on an infield single to extend
his hitting streak to 13 games, then pinch-hitter Jon McGibbon lined a 1-2 pitch to
center for a single to score Shaffer. But the next two Tigers were retired to give
Wake Forest a six-run victory.
Lopez and Armour both totaled three hits to pace the Demon Deacons, who accumulated
12 hits in the game. Keniry added a game-high three runs, three walks, and two of
the team's five stolen bases.
Pohl had two of Clemson's nine hits.
Clemson and Wake Forest will play the finale of the three-game series on Sunday at
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