Wake Forest Claims Series over Clemson with 11-2 Win
May 16, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored eight runs in the first four innings and starter Tim Cooney gave up just two runs on four hits over eight innings to defeat Clemson 11-2 and clinch the series on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 15-36 overall and 6-21 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson falls to 33-19 and 15-12 in the ACC.
Wake Forest also clinched the series with the victory. It marks the second straight series that the Demon Deacons have won over the Tigers at home and just the second series in the last 10 years that Wake has won over Clemson.
Freshman southpaw Tim Cooney improved his record to 4-6, throwing eight strong innings. The Collegeville, Pa., native allowed just two runs on four hits, while striking out four batters. The lefty finished the game strong, retiring the last eight batters he faced.
Joel Ernst closed the game by throwing a perfect ninth inning. The Demon Deacon hurlers retired 11 straight Tiger batters to end the game and didn't allow a Clemson hit after a leadoff homer in the sixth.
Clemson starter Dominic Leone suffered the loss to drop to 2-1 on the year. Leone gave up just five runs, only one earned, on four hits over 1.2 innings.
Ryan Semeniuk had a game-high three RBIs and two hits in the victory. Matt Conway had a pair of hits and two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Steven Brooks added two hits and two RBIs, while Carlos Lopez hit his sixth home run of the series and had two RBIs. Trenton Langston and Mark Rhine also added two hits. Langston scored two runs, while Rhine crossed the plate three times.
Brad Miller went 2-for-4 to lead the Tigers offensively. Jeff Schaus hit his 12th homer of the season.
The Deacs also played flawless defense behind Cooney and Ernst, not committing an error in the ball game. Semeniuk made a great leaping catch at the wall to rob an extra-base hit for Phil Pohl in the fifth, while Lopez made a diving stop in the ninth on a hard hit ground ball from Kyle Parker to throw Parker out at first.
Wake Forest jumped out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Brooks singled to center and moved to second on a walk to Murray. Conway singled to right-center field to score Brooks to put the Deacs in front.
The Demon Deacons tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second. After the first batter of the inning was retired, Langston singled down the left field line. Rhine then hit what appeared to be a double play ball to the second baseman, but Freeman booted it, allowing Langston to reach second and Rhine to reach first. A walk to Pat Blair loaded the bases. Semeniuk popped out to the shortstop for the second out of the inning. Brooks lined a single to center field to score both Langston and Rhine to extend the lead to 3-0. Murray was hit by a pitch to again put a runner on every base. Conway walked to score Blair and a wild pitch then brought home Brooks for the fourth run of the inning.
Clemson got on the board with a run in the top of the third. With one out, Will Lamb tripled to the left-center field alley and came in to score on a sacrifice fly to left field by Mike Freeman.
Wake Forest answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Langston walked to start the inning, but was retired at second on a fielder's choice bunt by Rhine. Blair singled to left field to advance Rhine to second base. Semeniuk drove home Rhine on a hit-and-run single through the left side to make the score 6-1.
The Demon Deacons continued to score, adding two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Williamson reached on an infield single with one out and then advanced to second on a stolen bsae. Lopez cleared the bases with a two-run home run to left-center field, his sixth homer of the season.
The Tigers plated a run in the top of the sixth. Schaus led off the inning with a solo homer down the right field line, his 12th round-tripper of the season.
Wake Forest tallied two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Langston walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Rhine. Blair moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Semeniuk singled up the middle past the drawn in infield to score tow runs.
The Demon Deacons closed the scoring with a run in the home half of the eighth. Conway singled to right-center field to begin the inning and advanced to second on a single to left field by Langston. Rhine lined a double down the left field line to score Conway to make the final score 11-2.
Wake Forest plays its final non-conference game of the 2010 season on Tuesday when it hosts Appalachian State. First pitch at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET).
For all of the latest information on Wake Forest baseball, please log on to www.WakeForestSports.com or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team's Twitter account @WFUBaseball or www.twitter.com/WFUBaseball.