Tigers Hold Off Deacons

In Clemson's 6-5 victory and series sweep of Wake Forest, sophomore lefthander Robert Rohrbaugh earned his first career win. He pitched 6.0 innings, the longest of his career, striking out five batters and allowing only two earning runs in the outing.

Wake Forest (11-14) at Clemson (12-10)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3   5 11 1
Clemson 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0   6 14 1

WP: Robert Rohrbaugh (1-1)
LP: Tim Morley (2-2)

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Clemson improved to 12-10 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. Clemson is now 1-4 in one-run games. Wake Forest dropped to 11-14 on the season and 1-5 in conference games. Tim Morely suffered the loss for the Demon Deacons, falling to 2-2 for the season.

Clemson took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Herman Demmink led off with a double to left center field. Kris Harvey drove in Demmink with a double to right center field.

The Tigers increased their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. Brady Everette started the inning with a walk. John Ingram followed with a single through the left side and Russell Triplett advanced the runners with a two-strike sacrifice bunt. Ryan Hub then chopped an 0-2 pitch up the middle to score Everette and Ingram. After Hub stole second base, Demmink plated him with a single through the left side.

Wake Forest scored two runs in the top of sixth inning to cut Clemson's lead to 4-2. Ben Ingold led off the inning with a single up the middle and then stole second base. Brad Scioletti singled through the left side, moving Ingold to third base. Ingold scored on Ryder Mathias' sacrifice fly to center field. Doug Riepe then hit a double to left center field, scoring Scioletti from first.

Clemson added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Triplett hit a single up the middle to start the inning, breaking out of an 0-12 slump. He advanced to second base when the pitcher overthrew first base on a pickoff attempt and reached third base on Hub's groundball to the second baseman. After Garrick Evans walked and took second on a passed ball, Demmink singled through the left side to score Triplett. Harvey followed with a single by hitting an 0-2 pitch to right field, driving in Evans from third base.

The Demon Deacons scored three runs in the ninth inning for the final 6-5 score. Matt Miller hit a single to center field off of Tiger pitcher Colin Mahoney. After Steve LaFaivre walked, pinch hitter Nick Blue singled through the right side to load the bases. Two batters later, J.B. Tucker doubled down the left field line to clear the bases.

Demmink, Harvey and Hubb each recorded two RBIs for Clemson in Sunday's effort. Demmink was also 3-5 with one run scored. Josh Cribb pitched two scoreless innings for the Tigers in relief.

Clemson's next game will be on Tuesday, March 30 against Georgia in Athens. The game is scheduled for 7:00 pm. The two teams will meet again at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday, March 31. Game time is 7:15 pm.

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