Baseball wins road series at No.23 Wake, nearly sweeps

CUTrevor 2022-04-18 12:50:20

Tigers win their first ACC series of the season at No.23 Wake! They almost got the sweep but lost in extra innings on Saturday. They rallied from a 9-2 deficit to tie the game in the 9th, but two walks in the 10th led to a 2-out, 3-run walk-off HR. Still, a big road series win against a ranked team. We'll see if the Tigers can gain some momentum from that with a bunch of tough series against ranked ACC teams ahead! It starts with another road game against a top-15 UGA team in Athens on Tuesday night.

CUTrevor 2022-04-18 13:07:57

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Michael Turconi’s three-run walkoff homer with two outs in the 10th inning lifted No. 23 Wake Forest to a 12-9 victory over Clemson at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday. The Demon Deacons, who evened the series 1-1, improved to 27-8 overall and 10-7 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 21-13 overall and 3-10 in ACC play.

The Tigers, who outhit the Demon Deacons 15-12, clawed their way back from a 9-2 deficit to tie the score in the ninth inning and send the game into extra innings. However, two one-out walks in the 10th inning set up Turconi’s long three-run homer to right field on a 2-2 pitch to snap Clemson’s four-game winning streak in the series.

Max Wagner’s infield single with two outs in the top of the first inning scored the game’s first run, then Wake Forest responded with seven runs in the bottom of the first inning on Brendan Tinsman’s grand slam and Kyle Joye’s three-run homer, the only two hits of the frame. After Wake Forest scored two runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-2 lead, the Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Cooper Ingle’s run-scoring single.

Trailing 9-4 in the eighth inning, Bryar Hawkins laced a three-run triple, then Jonathan French lined a run-scoring double. In the ninth inning, Caden Grice lined a single to score the tying run, as every Tiger starter had a hit in the game thanks to Grice’s single.

Camden Minacci (2-1) earned the win, while Ryan Ammons (0-2) suffered the loss.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

CUTrevor 2022-04-18 13:09:24

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Clemson Tigers hit five home runs, including two by Caden Grice, in their 10-8 win over No. 23 Wake Forest at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, Clemson (22-13, 4-10 ACC) won its sixth series in a row over the Demon Deacons (27-9, 10-8 ACC) and improved to 15-4 against them dating to 2016.

The Demon Deacons scored three runs in the first inning, capped by Nick Kurtz’s two-run homer. Grice lined an opposite-field solo homer in the second inning. Two batters later, David Lewis hit an opposite-field solo homer, the first of his career, on an 0-2 pitch, then Max Wagner tied the score 3-3 with a squeeze bunt in the third inning.

Wake Forest regained the lead when Kurtz led off the fourth inning with his second long ball of the game, then Tyler Corbitt belted a two-run homer, his sixth of the year, in the sixth inning to give Clemson a 5-4 lead. Wagner added to the lead with a three-run homer, his 11th of the year, in the top of the seventh inning. Two batters later, Grice crushed a two-run homer, his second of the game and sixth of the year, to up Clemson’s lead to 10-4.

The Demon Deacons fought back with four two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by Brendan Tinsman’s solo homer and Jake Reinisch’s two-run homer.

Tiger reliever Geoffrey Gilbert (3-1) earned the win by tossing 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Jackson Lindley pitched 2.1 innings to record his first career save. Wake Forest starter Teddy McGraw (3-2) suffered the loss, as he gave up eight hits, six runs and two walks with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Tigers travel to Athens, Ga. to play Georgia on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on SEC Network+.