Baseball Game Notes - Wake Forest at Clemson
April 21, 2011
Wake Forest will be on the road this weekend when it plays at Clemson on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Demon Deacons enter this ACC series currently in ninth place in the conference with a 6-12 record, just a half game behind Boston College for the eighth spot in the league. At 9-9, Clemson sits alone in sixth place in the ACC.
Wake Forest will be looking for its second straight series win over the Tigers and its third in the last four seasons. The Deacs took 2-of-3 from Clemson in Winston-Salem in both 2008 and 2010, while the Tigers swept the series in Clemson in 2009.
On Tuesday, Wake Forest got tons of production from the first four batters in its order against Winthrop, as they combined to go 11-for-20 with eight runs scored and seven RBIs. Pat Blair, Conor Keniry, Steven Brooks and Mac Williamson represented the first four spots in the order. Each player doubled and had at least one stolen base, as well.
Blair was 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and a career-best four stolen bases, while Williamson was 3-for-5 with four runs driven in. Keniry and Brooks both had two hits, as Brooks also stole three bases.
Brooks has been tearing up the base paths lately with at least one stolen base in six of the last seven games. During that stretch, he has stolen 12 bases, eight of which came in two games against Winthrop. For his career, Brooks now has 71 stolen bases and is in second place in school history.
Williamson has recorded a hit in 16 of the last 19 games, including a career-best 13-game hitting streak during that time. Since March 22, Williamson is hitting .355 with five home runs, 22 RBIs and a .605 slugging percentage.
Michael Dimock continues to be great out of the bullpen with a 1.85 ERA in 34 innings of work. In ACC games, Dimock is second in the league with a 1.45 ERA and is sixth in the league with a .203 opponent batting average.
Wake Forest will go with the same starting rotation as last week, featuring all lefties. Brian Holmes will go on Friday, Tim Cooney will start on Saturday and Austin Stadler will start the series finale on Sunday.