Wake Forest Drops 2-0 Pitcher's Duel to Clemson
April 22, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - Wake Forest starter Brian Holmes was excellent and allowed just one run and four hits through seven innings, but the Clemson staff combined to shut out the Demon Deacons and help the Tigers win 2-0 Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The loss drops Wake Forest to 15-24 overall and 6-13 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson improves to 24-13 and 10-9.
Holmes walked the first batter he faced, John Hinson, and gave up an RBI-double to Phil Pohl one batter later before proceeding to hold the Tigers scoreless over the next seven innings. He struck out seven batters and walked just two during his outing.
Holmes continued to get stronger throughout the game, as he struck out the side in the sixth inning and struck out one more in the seventh before exiting the game.
Dating back to March 29 against Appalachian State, Holmes has made five starts and has posted a 1.45 ERA in 31.0 innings of action. He has also held opponents to a .207 batting average and has struck out 29 during that time.
Unfortunately for the Deacons, Clemson starter Dominic Leone also pitched brilliantly, lasting 8.1 innings and striking out 10. Leone allowed just three hits and three walks on the night to pick up the win and move to 2-1 on the year. Holmes is now 2-3.
Wake Forest had a runner in scoring position on just two occasions. Conway singled to begin the top of the second and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Brooks was the only other Deacon to reach second base after walking and swiping second in the third.
Leone walked Williamson in the ninth with one out but had retired 11 straight batters before being relieved. Scott Weismann pitched the final two thirds of the ninth and struck out both batters he faced to record his second save of the season.
Wake Forest and Clemson will take the field again tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.