Wake Forest Upsets Clemson in Series Opener, 9-5
May 14, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Austin Stadler struck out 11 and allowed just one run over 6.2 innings, while Wake Forest scored eight runs in the fourth inning to defeat Clemson 9-5 in the series opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons improved to 14-35 and 5-20 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the win, while the Tigers dropped to 32-18 overall and 14-11 in the ACC.
Wake Forest scored in just two innings in the ball game, but an eight-run fourth proved to be the difference. The Deacs added another run in the fifth and let Stadler take care of the rest.
Stadler improved his record to 3-3 with the victory. For the second straight weekend, the sophomore from Midlothian, Va., struck out 11 batters over 6.2 innings. Stadler gave up just run on five hits, while throwing 118 pitches. Over his last three starts, Stadler has allowed just five runs, only three earned, while striking out 26 in 19.1 innings.
Clemson starter Casey Harman suffered the loss to drop to 6-2 on the year. Harman allowed six runs on seven hits with a strikeout in 3.1 innings.
Demon Deacon reliever Justin Van Grouw finished the game, tossing the last 2.1 innings and giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits in 2.1 innings.
Mac Williamson was the offensive star of the night for Wake Forest, recording his second straight multi-homer game and driving in four runs. Williamson blasted a three-run homer in the fourth and added a solo shot in the next inning. With the two homers, Williamson increased his season total to seven. Mike Murray added three RBIs and two doubles in the win, while Carlos Lopez also had two hits.
John Hinson led the Tigers with a 2-for-5 ball game, including a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Brad Miller added two hits, including a home run, while Mike Freeman contributed a pair of hits.
Clemson took the lead with a run in the top of the third. Wilson Boyd started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one-out sacrifice bunt by Will Lamb. A single to right field by Freeman scored Boyd for the first run of the game.
Wake Forest plated eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Steven Brooks started the inning with a double down the left field line and came in to score on a double to deep center field by Murray. Matt Conway singled up the middle to move Murray to third base. Williamson followed with his first homer of the night, a towering blast over the left-center field wall to make the score 4-1. Lopez then doubled down the left field line and Shane Kroker walked to put runners at first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Mark Rhine moved both runners into scoring position with one out. Pat Blair walked to load the bases and Ryan Semeniuk drew a bases loaded walk to score Lopez. Brooks drove home Kroker with a sacrifice fly to right field. Murray cleared the bases with his second double of the inning, a ground ball that took a bad hop and went over the second baseman's head and into the right-center field alley.
The Demon Deacons tacked on another run in the home half of the fifth when Williamson led off the inning with a solo homer just to the right of straightaway center field. The homer was his second of the game, marking his second straight multi-homer game.
The Tigers had a chance to cut into the deficit in the top of the seventh, but left the bases loaded. With one out, Richie Shaffer singled into right field and then advanced to second on an infield single by Lamb. Freeman flied out to left-center field for the second out of the inning. Jeff Schaus hit a slow comebacker to the mound that Stadler bobbled, allowing Schaus to reach on the error to load the bases. Wake Forest went to the bullpen and brought in Justin Van Grouw, who struck out Kyle Parker looking on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.
Clemson was able to push across one run in the top of the eighth. Hinson reached on a dropped pop fly by Blair at short to start the inning. A single by Miller moved Hinson all the way to third. After a pop out by John Nestor for the first out of the inning, Boyd walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Hinson from third and moved the other two runners up a base. Shaffer popped out to short and Lamb flied out to center to end the inning and leave two runners on.
The Tigers closed the scoring with three runs on a pair of homers in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Parker was hit by a pitch and was along for the ride on Hinson's two-run homer to right field, his 12th of the season. Miller followed that up with a solo shot to right, his fourth homer of the year. Van Grouw got Nestor to strike out looking to end the game and give Wake Forest the 9-5 win.
The Demon Deacons and Tigers continue their three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Sophomore RHP Michael Dimock (2-8, 6.43) will take the mound for Wake Forest, while Clemson will counter with sophomore RHP Scott Weismann (4-2, 5.01).
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