Whatever was bothering Stephen Faris during his last two starts was not with him Friday as he pitched his third complete game of the season. Clemson defeated Wake Forest 4-1 in the first game of a three-game series.
Herman Demmink led off the game with a double off the wall. Brad Chalk moved him over to third for the Tigers 49th sacrifice bunt of the season. Taylor Harbin then was credited with the RBI on a ground out. After Demmink's double, things went very cold.
Brian Bach retired 21 consecutive Clemson hitters. Faris was able to match Bach's performance each time out. It was not until the eighth inning the Tigers could find life once again.
Travis Storrer led things off with a single. The single extended Storrer's hitting streak to 14 games. Stan Widmann added an infield single after Andy D'Alessio was unable to get a hit. Jesse Ferguson came into to pinch hit for Adrian Casanova. Ferguson once again delivered with an RBI single to put the Tigers up 2-1.
Faris shut the Deacons down in the bottom of the eighth, and Tyler Colvin gave him more than enough insurance in the top of the ninth. Brad Chalk and Taylor Harbin led off the inning with base hits, and Colvin brought them in with a double. Faris allowed one batter to reach in the ninth, but closed out the game to earn the Tigers 31st victory of the season.
Kris Harvey will make the start in Saturday's match-up which begins at 1:30 pm.