Demmink, Tigers Ready For ACC Title Game


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JACKSONVILLE --- Herman Demmink has had some big hits before, but none bigger than the one he hit early Sunday morning in the fourth and final game of the ACC Baseball semifinals at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

With the game tied, the senior drilled a Michael Hutt offering to the gap between center and right field, allowing D.J. Mitchell to come around with the game-winning run in a 16-11 victory over Georgia Tech.

“Of course it will be something special,” Demmink said. “I was just happy to do something positive for the team because for a while it has been everyone else trying to pick me up so I’m just happy to help the team out.”

Demmink later hit a two-run bomb to right field to add to a 10-run ninth inning. Clemson scored nine runs after Demmink’s hit, getting RBI singles from Marquez Smith, Taylor Harbin, Andy D’Alessio and Mitchell, a sacrifice fly from Stan Widmann and a two-out triple from Adrian Casanova to score three more runs.

“Our kids battled hard,” Clemson coach Jack Leggett said. “I’m proud of our team to have to play a good team in one day. It has been a long day for us.”

“(Georgia Tech) is fantastic team. It doesn’t matter what happens they are never out of a ball game, and they continued to swing the bats very well.”

Clemson will now have to turn around and play again in less than 12 hours in hopes of winning its first ACC Championship in 12 years.

“That is the nature of the tournament,” Demmink said. “I think the guys will be up and ready for it. N.C. State is a fantastic team and we will be ready to go.”

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