No. 24 Wake Forest Downs Clemson, 10-2
March 28, 1999
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - First baseman Jon Palmieri went 3-for-4 and righthander Eric Schmitt tossed seven strong innings as 24th-ranked Wake Forest defeated Clemson, 10-2, on Sunday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
With the victory, the Demon Deacons completed their first three-game sweep of the Tigers since 1952. Wake Forest's record now stands at 19-6 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Clemson drops to 14-11 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Schmitt (3-1) picked up the victory after scattering seven hits and one walk over seven innings. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, and struck out four batters. Scott Siemon pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Clemson starter Steve Reba (2-2) took the loss after surrendering seven runs in five innings of work.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Khalil Greene reached on an error and came around to score on a RBI single from Jason Harris, who went 3-for-3 with a walk in the game.
The Demon Deacons answered back in the bottom of that frame when Ben Danosky blasted a two-run home run to right field, his sixth of the season.
Scott Daeley gave the Deacs a 5-1 lead in the second inning with a three-run homer, his first of the year. Daeley finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Clemson's Bradley LeCroy cut the lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning with a leadoff solo home run, his second of the year, but Schmitt and Siemon held the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the afternoon.
Wake Forest added to its lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Andrew Riepe delivered a RBI single to plate Palmieri in the fifth and Daeley drove in Corey Slavik with a RBI groundout in the sixth. The Deacons stretched the lead to 9-2 with two more runs in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Danny Borrell and a RBI double from Slavik. A RBI single from Palmieri in the eighth inning closed out the scoring. Slavik and Riepe each went 2-for-4 in the game.
Wake Forest will return to action on Tuesday night when the Demon Deacons travel to East Carolina for a 7 p.m. game. Clemson will travel to Georgia for a game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
WAKE FOREST 10, CLEMSON 2
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