Diamond Deacs Swept At Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C.-- Clemson wrapped up a three-game sweep of Wake Forest for the second consecutive season with a 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Demon Deacons (11-14, 1-5 ACC) have now dropped six consecutive games, their longest single-season losing streak since 1992. The Tigers (12-10, 3-0 ACC) have won nine straight games against Wake Forest.

Clemson got things going with a run off Deacon starter Tim Morley in the bottom of the first. Leadoff batter Herman Demmink doubled over center fielder Matt Miller's head and scored when Kris Harvey followed with a double of his own into the right-center field gap. This run by the Tigers ended Morley's 17-inning scoreless innings pitched streak which dated back to Wake Forest's March 4 game against Western Carolina.

The Tigers added to their lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Designated hitter Brady Everett drew a leadoff walk and moved to second when John Ingram singled through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt by Russell Triplett, Ryan Hub bounced a single back up the middle, scoring Everett and Ingram. A two-out RBI single to left by Demmink brought Hub around with Clemson's third run of the inning.

The Demon Deacons got on the board with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Ingold singled and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly to center field by Ryder Mathias. And a two-out double into the left-center field gap by Doug Riepe scored Brad Scioletti who had reached earlier in the inning on a single through the left side of the infield.

Trailing 6-2, the Deacons loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth. Singles by Miller and Nick Blue along with a walk to Steve LeFaivre brought the tying run to the plate in Matt Antonelli. But Clemson reliever Colin Mahoney rebounded to strike out Antonelli and Ingold, taking the Deacs down to their final out. J.B. Tucker then stepped up with two outs and ripped a double down the left field line, scoring all three runners and bringing Wake Forest within a run at 6-5. The next batter was Scioletti who lined a ball which looked like it was headed for the gap in right-center field, but Clemson right fielder Harvey tracked it down to end the game.

Robert Rorbaugh picked up his first career victory for the Tigers after pitching a season-best six innings and allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out five. Morley, making his first start since March 17, allowed six runs on nine hits in just 5.1 innings pitched, falling to 2-2 on the season. Tucker led the way offensively for the Deacs, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Wake Forest returns to action Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game against Harvard at Hooks Stadium.


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