Baseball Takes First Two Games Over Wake


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Winston-Salem, NC - David Slevin and Brad McCann both extended their hitting streaks, and every Tiger hitter had at least one hit and a run scored in Clemson's 14-3 win over Wake Forest in game two of the series Friday at Gene Hooks Stadium. Slevin upped his streak to 17 games, while McCann increased his to 14 games. It was the Tigers 10th win in their last 12 ACC games.


The #19 Tigers upped its overall record to 37-18, 14-9 in ACC play. The Demon Deacons fell to 29-21 overall, 8-14 in the ACC. Since Virginia defeated North Carolina in game one of their series, Clemson is guaranteed of being at least a #4 seed in the ACC Tournament.


Tyler Lumsden (8-1) earned the win, his first in over a month. The sophomore lefty from Roanoke, VA allowed two runs on five hits in 6.0 innings pitched. He also struck out five. Lumsden improved to 2-0 against Wake Forest in three appearances over two seasons. He has also just allowed two earned runs in 14.1 innings pitched against the Demon Deacons. Demon Deacon lefty starter Tim Morley (2-5) suffered the loss in a starting role.


Ryan Hub gave the Tigers a early 1-0 lead when he hit a long home run to left field in the second inning, his fifth of the season. Two batters later, Steve Pyzik reached on an infield single and came around to score on a triple to right-center by Garrick Evans. Evans was down 0-2 in the count before working the count full.


Clemson rallied again in the third inning with six runs on seven hits, including two by Brad McCann. McCann led off with a double to left field, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Kyle Frank then blooped a single on an 0-2 pitch and David Slevin brought home McCann with a single through the right side. Two batters later, Roberto Valiente singled through a drawn-in infield to plate two more runs. Three batters later and with the bases loaded, Michael Johnson dove head-first into first base to beat out an infield single to score Valiente. McCann then followed with a two-run single to center to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.


Slevin, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 17 games, led off the fourth by golfing a homer to left-center, his fifth of the season.


Michael Johnson gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead in the fifth inning when he hit a long home run to right field, his 11th of the season and 57th of his career, two behind the all-time Clemson record. Evans led off with a double and Russell Triplett walked to set up Johnson's three-run homer.


Wake Forest finally got on the board in the fifth inning after Clemson had scored 17 unanswered runs Friday. Ryan Johnson and Brad Scioletti led off with singles and Jeff Ruziecki walked to load the bases with no outs. Then Ben Ingold singled up the middle to score two runs. But Lumsden induced a double play and got pinch-hitter Doug Riepe to fly out to end the inning.


Evans continued his hot hitting when he laced his second double and fourth hit of the game down the left-field line, scoring Valiente, who had reached on an infield single. Evans was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Clemson added another run on an RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Herman Demmink. Five Tigers had at least three hits in the game, including three hits and four RBIs by Johnson.


Clemson and Wake Forest will the series finale Saturday at 1:00 PM at Gene Hooks Stadium. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net South.

Clemson 14 (37-18,14-9)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Evans, Garrick dh/2b.....  5  3  4  2   1  0  0  0   0
Triplett, Russell ss.....  3  1  1  0   2  1  2  2   0
 Demmink, Herman ph/ss...  1  0  0  1   0  0  1  1   0
Johnson, Michael 1b......  5  1  3  4   1  0  5  1   2
McCann, Brad 3b..........  6  1  3  2   0  0  0  2   2
Frank, Kyle cf...........  5  1  1  0   0  0  3  0   4
 Green, Zane cf..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Slevin, David 2b.........  5  2  3  2   0  0  5  1   0
 Everett, Brady ph.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Trolia, Aaron p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Hub, Ryan rf.............  5  1  1  1   0  3  1  0   0
Valiente, Roberto lf.....  5  2  2  2   0  1  2  0   2
Pyzik, Steve c...........  4  2  3  0   0  0  5  1   0
 Mahoney, Collin ph/c....  1  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   0
Lumsden, Tyler p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Cribb, Josh p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 47 14 21 14   4  5 27 10  10

Wake Forest 3 (29-21,8-14)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Bourassa, Adam cf........  5  0  2  0   0  0  2  0   0
Hubbard, Ryan lf.........  4  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
 Sterk, Casey lf.........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
D'Antona, Jamie 3b.......  4  0  1  0   0  2  0  1   0
Johnson, Ryan rf.........  2  1  2  0   2  0  1  0   0
Scioletti, Brad dh.......  4  1  1  0   0  1  0  0   4
Ruziecki, Jeff 1b........  3  1  2  0   1  0 10  0   0
Ingold, Ben ss...........  4  0  2  1   0  0  1  6   0
Getz, Chris 2b...........  3  0  0  0   0  2  5  5   0
 Achilles, Grant ph......  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Malinowski, Steven c.....  1  0  0  0   0  1  5  0   0
 Riepe, Doug ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
 Mathias, Ryder c........  2  0  1  1   0  0  1  0   1
Morley, Tim p............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Davidson, Daniel p......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Wilkinson, Indy p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 35  3 11  2   3  8 27 12   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 026 130 020 - 14 21  0
Wake Forest......... 000 020 001 -  3 11  1
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E - HUBBARD(3). DP - Clemson 3; Wake Forest 1. 
LOB - Clemson 10; Wake Forest 8. 2B - EVANS 2(8); 
McCANN(20); D'ANTONA(17); MATHIAS(3). 3B - EVANS(1). HR
- JOHNSON(11); SLEVIN(5); HUB(5). SB - EVANS(8); 
VALIENTE(1); PYZIK(1).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Lumsden, Tyler......  6.0  5  2  2  3  5 20 23
Cribb, Josh.........  2.0  3  0  0  0  2  9  9
Trolia, Aaron.......  1.0  3  1  1  0  1  6  6

Wake Forest            IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Morley, Tim.........  2.2 11  8  8  3  2 19 22
Davidson, Daniel....  2.1  5  4  4  1  2 12 13
Wilkinson, Indy.....  4.0  5  2  2  0  1 16 16

Win - LUMSDEN (8-1).  Loss - MORLEY (2-5).  Save - None.
WP - MORLEY(5); DAVIDSON(5); WILKINSON(2). PB - MALINOWSKI(17).
Umpires - HP: Henry Stancil  1B: Tom Baldinelli 
 3B: Ron Sebastian
Start: 2:23   Time: 2:40   Attendance: 459


Game 1:


Winston-Salem, NC - Clemson overcame a season-high 16 runners left on base, including at least one in every inning, and Patrick Hogan pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in leading the #19 Tigers to a 6-2 victory over Wake Forest Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Stadium. The game was suspended Thursday due to heavy rain and finished Friday. The Tigers improved to36-18 overall, 13-9 in ACC play. Wake Forest fell to 29-20 overall, 8-13 in the ACC.


Hogan (3-2) allowed just five hits in earning the win. Hogan started the resumed game Friday and went the entire rest of the way. Wake Forest reliever Adam Hanson (5-4) suffered the loss.


Jamie D'Antona got the scoring started for Wake Forest when he hit a long solo home run to right-center. It was his 21st homer of the season and 58th of his career. It was also the first homer allowed by Jason Berken all season and just the second allowed by a Tiger freshman in 2003 (172 innings).


The Tigers responded with a run in the third inning. Zane Green and Michael Johnson reached on walks, and two batters later Kyle Frank singled up the middle to plate Green and even the score 1-1. However, Clemson stranded two more runners and left five through the first three innings.


The Demon Deacons came right back with a run in the bottom of the third. Steven Malinowski led off with a walk and Adam Bourassa singled to left field. Ryan Hubbard's sacrifice bunt moved runners up a base and Ryan Johnson brought home a run on a groundout to first.


After the rain delay, Jeff Hourigan led off the fourth with an infield second and advanced to second when Herman Demmink was hit by a pitch. After reliever Adam Hanson retired the next two Tigers, Russell Triplett lined a 1-2 curveball down the left-field line for a two-run double to give Clemson a 3-2 lead. Shortstop Ben Ingold saved at least one more run when he robbed Brad McCann of a base hit on a diving catch.


Clemson continued to put runners on base in the fifth inning. After the first two batters were retired, Hourigan and Demmink singled, and Steve Pyzik hit a line-drive single to right field to plate Hourigan. But the Tigers left two more runners on base.


Hogan worked out of a jam in the fifth inning. The Demon Deacons loaded the bases with one out for Johnson, the team's leading hitter. But for the second time in the game, he grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.


Clemson left three more runners on base in the sixth inning after loading the bases with one out, leaving 12 through six innings. The Tigers scored its fifth-two out run in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead when Johnson singled up the middle to plate Green.


Frank then gave Clemson a 6-2 lead when he hit a leadoff homer to right-center in the seventh inning, his eighth of the season.


Demmink led all Tigers with a 4-for-4 performance. Demmink, a freshman from Midlothian, VA, is now 21-for-45 (.467) in ACC games. Slevin also extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while McCann extended his to 13. The Tigers had five players with at least two hits, totaling 15 in all.


Clemson and Wake Forest will play game two of the series Friday at approximately 2:20 PM at Gene Hooks Stadium.

Clemson 6 (36-18,13-9)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Green, Zane rf...........  4  2  0  0   2  2  2  0   2
Triplett, Russell ss.....  5  0  2  2   0  0  3  3   0
Johnson, Michael 1b......  2  0  1  1   4  0  8  1   0
McCann, Brad 3b..........  6  0  2  0   0  1  1  0   5
Frank, Kyle cf...........  4  1  2  2   1  0  4  0   2
Slevin, David 2b.........  5  0  1  0   0  2  2  3   2
Hourigan, Jeff lf........  5  2  2  0   0  1  3  0   3
Demmink, Herman dh.......  4  1  4  0   0  0  0  0   0
Pyzik, Steve c...........  5  0  1  1   0  2  3  0   2
Berken, Jason p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Hogan, Patrick p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
Totals................... 40  6 15  6   7  8 27  9  16

Wake Forest 2 (29-20,8-13)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Bourassa, Adam cf........  4  0  2  0   1  0  1  0   1
Hubbard, Ryan lf.........  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Johnson, Ryan rf.........  4  0  0  1   0  0  2  0   2
D'Antona, Jamie 3b.......  4  1  2  1   0  0  5  0   1
Ruziecki, Jeff 1b........  4  0  0  0   0  1  3  1   0
LeFaivre, Steve dh.......  3  0  1  0   1  1  0  0   1
Getz, Chris 2b...........  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  0   0
Ingold, Ben ss...........  4  0  1  0   0  0  4  2   3
Malinowski, Steven c.....  1  1  0  0   1  0  8  1   0
 Scioletti, Brad ph......  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Sleeth, Kyle p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Hanson, Adam p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 31  2  8  2   4  2 27  6   8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Clemson............. 001 210 110 -  6 15  0
Wake Forest......... 011 000 000 -  2  8  0
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DP - Clemson 2. LOB - Clemson 16; Wake Forest 8.
2B - TRIPLETT(12); McCANN(19). HR - FRANK(8); 
D'ANTONA(21). HBP - TRIPLETT; DEMMINK. SH -
HUBBARD(14); MALINOWSKI(2). SB - GREEN(5). CS - DEMMINK(4).

Clemson                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Berken, Jason.......  3.0  3  2  2  2  1 10 13
Hogan, Patrick......  6.0  5  0  0  2  1 21 24

Wake Forest            IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Sleeth, Kyle........  3.0  4  1  1  2  3 13 15
Hanson, Adam........  6.0 11  5  5  5  5 27 34

Win - HOGAN (3-2).  Loss - HANSON (5-4).  Save - None.
HBP - by HANSON (DEMMINK); by HANSON (TRIPLETT).
Umpires - HP: Ron Sebastian  1B: Henry Stancil  3B: Tom Baldinelli
Start: 2:31   Time: 2:29   Attendance:
Game notes:
Play suspended due to rain at 3:25 
(Hourigan, 4th, 2-0, 0 outs, no one on).
Play resumed at 12:01 on May 16.

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