Baseball Gameday: No. 17 Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson
The Demon Deacons are set for a top-20 showdown against the Tigers this weekend.
April 20, 2017
The Last Meeting
May 28, 2016
Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)
The Demon Deacons hit the road for five straight, beginning with a three-game ACC series at No. 3-ranked Clemson from Friday-Sunday.
Last Time Out
Wake Forest had its midweek streaks snapped, as Charlotte claimed a 6-1 win on Tuesday to end the Demon Deacons' 21-game Tuesday winning streak and 13-game midweek winning streak.
Stuart Fairchild was named the Player of the Week by the ACC, NCBWA, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He finished last week with a .500 average, four home runs, three doubles and 14 RBIs as the Deacs went 5-0. In the series sweep against Notre Dame, he homered on both Saturday and Sunday. He has reached base in 40 straight games.
Wake Forest Storylines
The Deacons are a consensus top-25 team for the first time in more than a decade. Wake Forest is ranked by Baseball America (17), Collegiate Baseball (17), USA Today Coaches (17), D1Baseball (18), NCBWA (18) and Perfect Game (18).
During its undefeated last week in which the team went 5-0, Wake Forest didn't commit a single error. The Demon Deacons are now 18-0 when they play error-free baseball this season.
Three different Demon Deacons have double-digit home run totals: Gavin Sheets (13), Johnny Aiello (13) and Stuart Fairchild (11), with Bruce Steel (nine). The last time Wake Forest had at least three players in double figures was 2001: Jamie D'Antona (17), Carlos Brackley (14), Cory Sullivan (13) and Corey Slavik (10).
Opponent And Series History
With complete records dating back to 1957, Clemson leads the series 127-50. The first known meeting came in 1901. The Tigers claimed 3-of-4 from the Deacs last year, including a series win in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest won its first-ever series in Clemson in 2015, taking 2-of-3 on the road.
Clemson enters the weekend with a 31-7 overall record, including 14-4 in the ACC. After winning their first five ACC series, the Tigers dropped their Saturday-Monday series at Florida State, two games to one.
Wake Forest travels to UNCG and Davidson next Tuesday and Wednesday before heading into a break for final exams.