BOX SCORE: Clemson 17 Wake Forest 5
The No. 22 Clemson Tigers scored 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to
a 17-5 victory over Wake Forest in front of 679 fans at Wake Forest
Baseball Park on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who evened the
series 1-1, improved to 33-18 overall and 15-11 in the ACC. The
Demon Deacons fell to 14-36 overall and 5-21 in ACC play.
Kyle Parker and Brad Miller hit home runs in the first and second
innings, respectively, to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. The
Demon Deacons tied the score with three runs in the fourth inning,
but Clemson erupted for 10 runs on seven hits in the fifth inning to
put the game out of reach.
Tiger starter Scott Weismann (5-2) pitched 5.0 innings to earn the
win. He allowed seven hits, four runs, and three walks with four
strikeouts. Kevin Brady, Jonathan Meyer, and David Haselden combined
to pitch the final 4.0 innings to close out the game.
Michael Dimock (2-9), the first of seven Demon Deacon pitchers,
suffered the loss. He yielded four hits, seven runs (six earned),
and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers took the game's first lead in the first inning. John
Hinson worked a two-out walk and Parker followed with a two-run homer
to center, his 18th long ball of the season and sixth of his career
against the Demon Deacons. It was also Parker's 44th career home
run, which moved him into sole possession of eighth place in the
Miller led off the second inning with a long solo home run to right
field, his fifth long ball of the year and second of the series.
In the fourth inning, Ryan Semeniuk led off with a double off the
wall in left-center and moved to third on Steven Brooks'
groundout. Mike Murray then belted an opposite-field, two-run homer
down the left-field line on a 3-0 pitch, his fourth long ball of the
season. Two batters later, Mac Williamson lined a single to center,
stole second, and scored on Carlos Lopez's two-out double to
left-center to tie the score 3-3.
Clemson came right back and regained the lead in the top of the fifth
inning with 10 runs, the most by the Tigers in an inning in
2010. Leadoff batter Richie Shaffer reached when his hard-hit ball
to left-center was dropped by Semeniuk. Wilson Boyd lined the next
pitch to center for a single to score Shaffer. Phil Pohl was
hit-by-pitch and Will Lamb loaded the bases with no outs on an
infield single. Mike Freeman struck out for out No. 1, then Hinson hit
a chopper on an 0-2 pitch in front of the plate and reached on a
single to score Boyd. Pohl scored on a wild pitch and Parker walked
to load the bases. Jeff Schaus then bounced a single up the middle
on a 1-2 pitch to plate Lamb and Hinson. Parker scored on a passed
ball as Schaus moved to second, then Schaus stole third. On
ball-four to Miller, Schaus came home on a wild pitch and Shaffer
reached on an infield single. After Boyd loaded the bases with a
walk, Pohl lined a single to center to score Miller and
Shaffer. Lamb followed with a single to left field to score Boyd,
giving the Tigers a 13-3 lead. The 10-run frame tied for Clemson's
fifth-highest in the fifth inning in school history.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Semeniuk drew a one-out walk and
scored on Brooks' double over the third-base bag.
Schaus hit a one-out triple to left field and scored when shortstop
Pat Blair booted Miller's routine grounder in the sixth
inning. Shaffer followed with a double over the third-base bag to
score Miller, upping the Tigers' lead to 15-4.
In the top of the eighth inning, Schaus reached on a one-out walk and
Jason Stolz followed with a single up the middle. Two batters later,
Addison Johnson ripped a liner to right field with two
outs. Williamson slid feet-first but dropped the ball and Schaus
scored on the play.
Matt Conway, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 13 games, led
off the bottom of the eighth inning with a long solo homer to left
field, his fourth home run of the year.
In the ninth inning, Lamb reached on an error to lead off the inning
but was erased two batters later on Hinson's fielder's choice. Chris
Epps laced a two-out single to right and Schaus singled to right
field to score Hinson.
Schaus went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs, three runs, and a walk
to lead Clemson, who outhit Wake Forest 14-11. Miller went 1-for-3
with a homer, three runs, and a walk, while Shaffer went 2-for-4 with
a double, RBI, and two runs. Freeman's 18-game hitting streak came
to an end as well.
Semeniuk, Brooks, and Conway totaled two hits apiece to lead Wake Forest.
Clemson and Wake Forest will play the series-finale on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Parker goes yard in Saturday's win
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