Wake Forest Rallies to Defeat No. 14 Clemson 4-3
March 14, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jack Fischer turned in another gem on the mound for Wake Forest as the Deacs rallied for two runs in the eighth inning to down No. 14 Clemson 4-3 in the ACC home opener.
Fischer went 8.0 innings and gave up just three hits with three runs and five strikeouts in his second ACC victory after pitching a complete game last weekend against Georgia Tech. In two ACC starts this season, Fischer has pitched a total of 17.0 innings with nine combined strikeouts. Fischer retired the first 11 batters to begin the game against the Tigers.
Wake Forest (13-6, 3-1 ACC) trailed Clemson (10-6, 3-1 ACC) by a score of 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, setting up a two-run rally from the Deacons. Aaron Fossas pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save of the season. The Demon Deacons have now played in 11 one-run games and are 9-2 this season in those contests.
Nate Mondou and Will Craig each homered in the game while Charlie Morgan and Ben Breazeale had RBIs. It was Mondou's second homer of the season and the fourth for Craig who extends his hitting streak to 13 games.
After two scoreless innings, Mondou clubbed a home run to right field to put Wake Forest up 1-0. It was the first hit for either team in the game.
With two outs in the fourth, Chris Okey homered for Clemson, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The Deacs added a run in the fifth to make it one-run game as Craig homered to left center field.
Fischer gave up a walk and a hit in the seventh but Breazeale threw the runner out trying to steal second to end the top of the inning and keep it a 3-2 game. In the eighth inning, Fischer got three groundouts to setup the comeback in the eighth.
Evan Stephens and Conor Keniry walked to open the frame and were followed by Morgan who singled to right center, scoring Stephens for the equalizing run. Breazeale then hit a ground-rule double to left center field, scoring Keniry for the go-ahead run.
Fossas came on in relief of Fischer in the ninth inning and picked up his fourth save of the season after striking out Okey on a 2-2 pitch.
Daniel Gossett got the start for Clemson and went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out four. Clate Schmidt took the loss for the Tigers.
Wake Forest and Clemson will face off on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. with the second game starting approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Due to the inclement weather on Sunday, the game was moved to Saturday.