Clemson Takes Series Against Wake Forest With 4-0 Win


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CLEMSON, SC - Championship-caliber teams have a way of finding unsung heroes
during a great season.


Sunday, Clemson found one in Tyler Lumsden.


Lumsden, a freshman lefthander, pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his first
career start, leading the Tigers to a 4-0 win over No. 3 Wake Forest at Doug
Kingsmore Stadium. The victory gives Clemson the weekend series, 2-1, and
completes a 4-1 week which should keep the Tigers atop all three polls in the
coming days.


It was the first start by a lefthander this season for Clemson.


"We felt like Lumsden was ready," head coach Jack Leggett said. "He'd been
pitching well in relief and we felt like he was a good matchup against their
lefthanded hitters. It worked out real well. He did a great job."


Lumsden, who didn't find out he was Sunday's starter until near the end of
Saturday's game, showed no signs of nervousness on the mound. Mixing his
fastball and breaking ball, Lumsden struck out seven, walked four and hit a
batter in his longest outing of the season.


He also got plenty of help defensively; Clemson (38-6, 12-3 Atlantic Coast
Conference) turned four double plays behind him, one short of the school
record for a single game.


"I wanted to be the one to step it up," Lumsden said. "Right away I told them
I'd be ready."


Ready he was.


Lumsden faced just one batter over the minimum through five innings. He was
pulled in the eighth inning after a one-out walk to Wake Forest (36-8, 15-5)
ninth-place hitter Ryan Hubbard, and left the field to a standing ovation
from the near-capacity crowd.


"That ovation was enough to give you goose pimples," Leggett said. "He's
really come on for us. His confidence is so much better...it shows in his
body language. This gives us a good idea of what we may be able to do down
the road in the ACC (Tournament)...I'd say there's a good chance you'll see
him starting again."


Clemson pieced together just enough offense to support Lumsden.


Micheal Johnson drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and
catcher Collin Mahoney also had an RBI base hit. Clemson's final run came in
the seventh when Khalil Greene scored all the way from second base after Wake
Forest catcher Ryder Mathias' throw on Greene's attempted steal of second
bounced into short rightcenter.


Matt Henrie, who would have started had he not faced No. 5 South Carolina
last Wednesday, retired the final five batters to close it out.

Wake Forest 0 (36-8,15-5)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
Bourassa, Adam cf   3   0   1   0   1   0   3   0   0
Johnson, Ryan lf    4   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   1
Ghutzman, S dh      3   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   2
Ruziecki, Jeff 1b   3   0   0   0   1   2   9   1   1
Scioletti, Brad 3b  4   0   2   0   0   1   1   1   0
LeFaivre, Steve rf  3   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0
Ingold, Ben ss      3   0   0   0   0   0   2   2   1
Mathias, Ryder c    3   0   0   0   0   2   6   2   0
Hubbard, Ryan 2b    1   0   0   0   2   1   2   4   0
Braun, Ryan p       0   0   0   0   0   0   1   2   0
 Hanson, Adam p     0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
 Bush, Dave p       0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......        27  0   4   0   4   10  24  12  5

Clemson 4 (38-6,12-3)

Player              AB  R   H   RBI BB  SO  PO  A   LOB
DeMaino, L.J. lf    3   0   0   0   1   1   1   0   0
Frank, Kyle cf      4   2   2   0   0   0   1   0   2
Greene, Khalil ss   4   1   3   0   0   0   3   3   0
Johnson, Michael 1b 2   0   1   2   1   0   8   0   0
Hourigan, Jeff dh   4   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   2
Schmidt, Jarrod rf  4   0   1   0   0   1   1   0   2
Triplett, R 3b      4   1   2   0   0   1   0   1   0
Slevin, David 2b    4   0   2   0   0   0   3   7   0
Mahoney, Collin c   4   0   1   1   0   2   10  0   2
Lumsden, Tyler p    0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0
 Henrie, Matt p 0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
Totals......        33  4   12  3   2   6   27  12  8

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Wake Forest......... 000 000 000 -  0  4  1
Clemson............. 110 010 10X -  4 12  0
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E - MATHIAS(1). DP - Clemson 4. LOB - Wake Forest 5; 
Clemson 8. 2B - FRANK(15); SCHMIDT(10). HBP - GHUTZMAN. 
SF - JOHNSON(1). SB - DeMAINO(10); GREENE 2(14). 
CS - DeMAINO(2); SLEVIN(4).

Wake Forest         IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Braun, Ryan         6.0 10  3   3   1   4   26  28
Hanson, Adam        1.0 1   1   0   1   0   3   4
Bush, Dave          1.0 1   0   0   0   2   4   4

Clemson             IP  H   R   ER  BB  SO  AB  BF  NP
Lumsden, Tyler      7.1 4   0   0   4   7   22  27
Henrie, Matt        1.2 0   0   0   0   3   5   5

Win - LUMSDEN (1-0).  Loss - BRAUN (1-1).  Save - None.
HB - LUMSDEN.
Umpires - Home:Tim Clougherty  1st:Ron Sebastian  
3rd:Phelps Prescott
Start: 2:03   Time: 2:16   Attendance: 4447
BRAUN faced 1 batter in the 7th.

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