WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 12 Clemson tied its season high with four home runs and Jake Higginbotham pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in the Tigers' 9-4 win over Wake Forest at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. Clemson, who registered its first sweep at Wake Forest since 2005, improved to 29-11 overall and 14-7 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons dropped to 18-23 overall and 10-11 in ACC play.
Clemson scored four runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to some heads-up baserunning. Kyle Wilkie started the scoring with a two-run double, then Wilkie scored from second on a wild pitch and throw to second base. Jordan Greene's squeeze bunt plated the fourth run. In the fifth inning, Chris Williams and Grayson Byrd hit back-to-back solo homers, the 11th of the season for Williams and sixth for Byrd.
The Demon Deacons responded with three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Michael Ludowig's two-out, two-run single, and scored another run in the seventh inning to narrow the Tiger lead to 6-4. But Wilkie and Drew Wharton both hit solo homers in the eighth inning to double Clemson's lead. It was Wilkie's second long ball of the season and Wharton's sixth. Later in the inning, Logan Davidson ripped a two-out, run-scoring double.
Higginbotham (6-1) earned the win by allowing just four hits, no runs and one walk with three strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. Ryley Gilliam pitched the final 2.2 innings to record his seventh save of the season. Wake Forest starter Colin Peluse (6-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up eight hits, six runs and three walks with one strikeout in 5.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers host Kennesaw State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., on ACC Network Extra. Fans can purchase a ticket for only $2.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kyle Wilkie's two-out double in the eighth inning scored Seth Beer for the go-ahead run in No. 12 Clemson's 4-3 victory over Wake Forest at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead in the series, improved to 28-11 overall and 13-7 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons dropped to 18-22 overall and 10-10 in ACC play.
The Demon Deacons scored two runs in the third inning, highlighted by DJ Poteet's solo homer, then Bobby Seymour laced a solo homer in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, the Tigers tied the score with three runs on a balk, RBI groundout by Seth Beer and sacrifice fly by Chris Williams. In the eighth inning, Beer led off with a double and scored three batters later on Wilkie's double to right field.
Tiger starter Brooks Crawford (4-2) earned the win by pitching 7.0 effective innings. He allowed five hits, three runs and no walks with five strikeouts. Ryley Gilliam pitched the ninth inning to record his sixth save of the year. Rayne Supple (3-2) suffered the loss.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Logan Davidson hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie and lift No. 12 Clemson to a 7-5 victory over Wake Forest at David F. Couch Ballpark on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 27-11 overall and 12-7 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons fell to 18-21 overall and 10-9 in ACC play.
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Seth Beer's two-run single, then Wake Forest responded with a run in the bottom of the first inning and four runs in the second inning, highlighted by Chris Lanzilli's two-run homer. Grayson Byrd and Kyle Wilkie both hit run-scoring singles in the third inning, then Clemson tied the score 5-5 in the fifth inning when Kier Meredith was hit-by-pitch with two outs. The Tigers regained the lead in the eighth inning on Davidson's solo homer, his sixth long ball of the year. Two batters later, Chris Williams crushed another solo homer, his 10th of the season.
Ryan Miller (3-1) pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn the win. Tyler Witt (0-3) allowed the two home runs in the eighth inning and suffered the loss.
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