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CLEMSON-- The Clemson Tigers fell in the final game of the regular season to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a final score of 14-5 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium Saturday afternoon.

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With the loss the Tigers finished the regular season with a 33-23 overall record, 15-15 ACC record.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Following a Sam Hall lead off walk, Logan Davidson launched his team-leading 15th home run of the season that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

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The Demon Deacons stormed back in the top of the third inning, when they plated four runs on three hits and one error off of starting pitcher Davis Sharpe.

"We got off to a great start. Obviously, hit a two-run home run in the first inning. We had two zeros (on the scoreboard), where Sharpe was filling up the strike zone and getting ground ball," Clemson head coach Monte Lee said. "Then he ran into some trouble there in the third and just lost command. We had three walks in that inning and hit one ball hard.

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"They had two infield hits on a base hit bunt, which is a tough play for a third baseman. He did a nice job of laying the bunt down. Then an infield hit and then (Bobby) Seymour, good God, how do you get that guy out."

The Demon Deacons extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning, as they plated five runs on six hits, including an error, that extended their lead to seven runs over the Tigers.

The Tigers plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Chad Fairey connected for a two-run home run that cut the Demon Deacon lead to 9-4.

However, the Demon Deacons put up their second four-run inning of the game in the top of the eighth--as they scored four runs on four hits, including a three-run home run by Bruce Steel.

Grayson Byrd continued his red-hot play at the plate, as his solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning plated the Tigers

The Demon Deacons added a single run in the top of the ninth inning on three hits.

Shapre took the loss for the Tigers. Ryan Cusick earned the win for the Demon Deacons, as he went six innings and allowed four runs on four hits.

Tiger Tracks:

• The Tigers have had a winning record every year since 1965. •

With its 33-23 record in 2019, Clemson has clinched a winning record for the 55th season in a row.

• Clemson’s 55-year streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation, trailing two ACC schools (Florida State 72, Miami (Fla.) 62).

• Clemson has had a non-losing record, which includes seasons with equal number of wins and losses, every season since 1958.

Up Next: The Tigers travel to Durham for the ACC Championship next week (Schedule to be released Sunday morning).

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia


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