Fischer and Armour Lead Deacs to 2-1 Win Over Clemson
May 18, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Brett Armour launched the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and Jack Fischer allowed no runs in 7.2 innings to lead Wake Forest to a 2-1 series-clinching victory over Clemson on Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. <
With the win, along with Virginia Tech's 2-1 loss to North Carolina, the Deacs have secured a berth in the ACC Baseball Championship for the second consecutive season. Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter also earned his 500th-career victory on Friday evening, as the Demon Deacons improve to 31-22 on the year and 12-17 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Senior closer Michael Dimock earned the win for Wake Forest after allowing just one hit and one run through 1.1 innings of work. Dimock also struck out one batter en route to earning his third win of the season.
Clemson starting pitcher Daniel Gossett took the loss after scattering six hits and giving up two runs over 7.1 innings. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 32-23 on the season and 16-13 in conference play.
Wake Forest starter Jack Fischer pitched a brilliant ballgame, allowing no runs and just four hits while striking out three through 7.2 innings.
Neither team scored through the first seven innings, as Fischer retired 18 consecutive batters from the end of the first inning until there were two outs in the seventh inning. After Brad Felder broke up the streak with a two-out double to left, Fischer responded by striking out Joe Costigan on four pitches to end the inning.
Clemson threatened to score in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and just one out, but Fischer once again delivered in the clutch for the Deacs, striking out Thomas Brittle for the second out of the inning. Dimock then entered the game in relief and struck out Richie Schaffer on three straight pitches to end the inning, after Schaffer went 4-for-4 in last night's game.
The Deacs then put the first runs of the game on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth, as Mark Rhine led off the inning with a base hit through the left side. Two batters later, Armour launched his fourth home run of the season over the left field wall to give Wake Forest a 2-0 advantage.
Dimock returned to the mound in the top of the ninth for the Deacs, and after Clemson loaded the bases, Spencer Kieboom flied out to center for the first out of the inning. Jon McGibbon then sent a shot deep to right, backing Williamson all the way to the wall. Williamson made the catch on the warning track, allowing Phil Pohl to score from third, but he fired a bullet to Blair at second, who applied the tag on Tyler Slaton for the game-ending double play.
Wake Forest will go for the series sweep against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network.