Baseball Loses to Clemson, 6-5

Wake Forest gives up lead late in game to drop to the Tigers.

March 28, 1998

CLEMSON, SC--Doug Roper singled in what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, giving Clemson a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Wake Forest. The fourth-ranked Tigers improved to 27-3 overall, 5-0 in the ACC, while Wake Forest fell to 18-12 overall, 3-7 in the ACC. The same two teams meet in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.

The exciting game was tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5. Wake Forest had leads of 1-0 and 5-4, while Clemson had one-run leads at 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 before taking the 6-5 lead in the eighth.

Mike MacDougal was outstanding for the Deacons in defeat. The sophomore threw 145 pitches in taking the tough loss. The sophomore went 7 2/3, allowed six runs, five earned, he struck out eight and walked four. His record dropped to 4-2.

Corey Slavik led the Deacons offensively with three hits, including his second home run of the season. He also had a triple and a single. Clemson was led at the plate by Patrick Boyd, who had three hits. He had seen his 11-game hitting streak end the previous night. He had two singles and a triple on Saturday. Matt Padgett had two more hits in the game.

Clemson broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fifth without the benefit of a base hit. Henri Stanley led off the inning with a walk. He stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Boyd got the run home on a ground out.

Wake Forest tied the game in the sixth on a lead off home run by Slavik, his second home run of the season. The Tigers got the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Harris led off with a single off the shortstop's glove. Matt Padgett singled Harris to third. Peter Nystrom then gave Clemson a 4-3 lead on a single to left.

The Deacons took the lead with two runs in the top of the eighth. Slavik was behind the uprising again. He started the inning with a triple to centerfield and scored on a double by Danny Borrell. Borrell then scored a balk by Tiger reliever Scott Clackum to give the Deacons their first lead since the first inning, 5-4. Clemson pitchers had three balks in the game and two of them figured in Wake Forest runs. The Tigers pitching staff had just one balk in the previous 29 games.

Clemson came back in the bottom of the eighth on a single by Matt Padgett, a sacrifice bunt and a single by Justin Singleton to tie the game at 5-5. Roper then singled to left to score Singleton, who barely missed a tag a homeplate.

Clackum shut down the Deacs in the ninth and gained his third win of the season against no losses. He also has six saves this season.

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