BOX SCORE: Wake Forest 9 Clemson 5
The Tigers put more runners on base, but Wake Forest scored nine
runs, including eight in the fourth inning, to defeat No. 22 Clemson 9-5
in front of 803 fans at Wake Forest Baseball Park on Friday
night. The Demon Deacons, who took a 1-0 series lead, improved to
14-35 overall and 5-20 in the ACC. The Tigers, who saw their
seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 32-18 overall and 14-11 in ACC play.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Demon Deacons
scored eight runs on six hits in the fourth inning. Six of Wake
Forest's 10 hits came in the fourth. The Tigers put 17 runners on
base to Wake Forest's 15, but the Demon Deacons capitalized with the
big fourth inning.
Austin Stadler (3-3) pitched 6.2 strong innings to earn the win. The
sophomore lefthander tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts while
allowing just six hits, one run, and three walks in throwing 118
pitches. Justin Van Grouw pitched the final 2.1 innings to close out
the game. The two Demon Deacon hurlers combined to strand 11 runners on base.
Clemson starter Casey Harman (6-2) suffered the loss, as he yielded
seven hits, six runs, and one walk with one strikeout in 3.1 innings
pitched. His short outing broke a streak of 20 consecutive starts
(dating to 2009) of at least 5.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the third inning. Wilson
Boyd led off with a walk and advanced to second two batters later on
Will Lamb's sacrifice bunt. Mike Freeman then laced a two-out single
through the right side to score Boyd. It also extended Freeman's
hitting streak to 18 games.
The Demon Deacons took the lead with eight runs in the fourth
inning. Steven Brooks led off with a double down the left-field line
and scored on Mike Murray's double to center. Matt Conway followed
with a single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch. Mac Williamson gave
Wake Forest the lead when he belted a three-run homer to left field
on a 1-2 pitch. Carlos Lopez kept the heat on when he grounded a
double over the third-base bag on a 1-2 pitch and Shane Kroker
walked. Mark Rhine's sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base and
Pat Blair walked to load the bases. Ryan Semeniuk walked on five
pitches to score Lopez and Brooks' sacrifice fly to right plated
Kroker. After Semeniuk stole second, Murray hit a routine grounder
to Freeman at second, but the ball took a high hop and bounced over
Freeman's glove for a double to score Blair and Semeniuk. The
eight-run frame tied for the second-most runs allowed by the Tigers
in the fourth inning in history.
Williamson led off the fifth inning with a solo homer to
right-center, his second long ball of the game and seventh of the season.
The Tigers cut into the Wake Forest lead in the eighth
inning. Leadoff batter John Hinson led off the frame by reaching on
a dropped pop-up in the infield and went to third on Brad Miller's
single to right field. Two batters later, Boyd walked to load the
bases with one out, then Hinson scored on a wild pitch. But the next
two Tigers were retired to keep Wake Forest up 9-2.
In the ninth inning, Kyle Parker reached with two outs on a
hit-by-pitch and Hinson hit a two-run homer to right field, his 12th
long ball of the year. Miller then blasted a long solo homer to
right field, his fourth home run of the season.
Williamson led the Demon Deacons' 10-hit attack by hitting two home
runs for the second game in a row, as he had four RBIs on his long
balls. Murray added two doubles and three RBIs.
Hinson went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs, and a steal for
Clemson, who had nine hits. Freeman added two singles, while Miller
went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks.
Clemson and Wake Forest will play game-two of the series on Saturday at 6:00 PM
Deacs drop Tigers on Friday
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