Deacs Sweep Clemson with 7-0 Shutout on Senior Day
May 19, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest completed the series sweep of Clemson with a 7-0 shutout on Senior Day at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Brian Holmes pitched six scoreless innings and Carlos Lopez and Charlie Morgan each recorded a pair of RBIs to lead the Deacs.
With the victory, the Deacs close out the regular season with a record of 32-22 (13-17 Atlantic Coast Conference), while the Tigers drop to 32-24 (16-14 ACC). It also marks the first time since 1999 that Wake Forest completed a regular season sweep over Clemson.
Wake Forest honored seniors Michael Dimock, Gabe Feldman, Carlos Lopez, Daniel Marrs, Stephen Schoettmer, Zach White and Mac Williamson in a pre-game ceremony on the field, as each player contributed in the victory.
Holmes picked up the win to improve to 7-2 on the season while allowing just two hits and recording six strikeouts through six innings. Kevin Pohle (6-3) took the loss for the Tigers after scattering five hits and six runs over 4.2 innings of work.
Morgan and Williamson each notched a pair of hits on the day, while Lopez, Conor Keniry, Mark Rhine and Kevin Jordan each recorded a hit apiece. Williamson went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI, while Morgan had a pair of extra base hits with a double and a triple.
Neither team scored through the first four innings, but the Deacs sent 11 batters to the plate during a six-run fifth inning that broke open the ballgame. Jordan drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Armour. Two batters later, the Tigers intentionally walked Pat Blair with two outs to put runners on first and second.
Keniry then stepped to the plate and sent a 2-2 pitch into shallow right center to plate Jordan for the Deacs' first run of the afternoon. Blair moved to third on the play, and after Williamson was hit by a pitch, Lopez sent a hard shot back up the middle for an RBI single that scored both Blair and Keniry.
Williamson then stole third base before Morgan launched his team-leading fourth triple of the season that scored Williamson and Lopez to give the Deacs a 5-0 advantage. Rhine kept the inning alive when he reached base on an error by the second baseman that allowed Morgan to score and extend the Demon Deacon lead to 6-0.
Wake Forest added one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Evan Stephens drew a lead-off walk and Blair was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Williamson singled through the right side to plate Stephens for the Deacs' seventh and final run of the game.
Senior Zach White entered the game in relief for the Deacs in the seventh inning, and with the Tigers threatening with a runner on third and two outs, White struck out Spencer Kieboom to end the inning.
Justin Van Grouw took the mound for the Deacs in the eighth and recorded the first two outs before senior Gabe Feldman came in and struck out Clemson's top offensive player, Richie Shaffer, to close out the inning.
Nate Jones, John McLeod and Daniel Marrs each recorded an out on the mound for the Deacs in the ninth inning to preserve the shutout and complete the series sweep of the Tigers. Clemson had not been shutout since March 25, 2011, at NC State - a streak spanning 98 games.
Wake Forest will return to action at the ACC Baseball Championship in Greensboro, N.C., beginning this Wednesday. Game times will be announced later by the conference office.