CLEMSON – The Clemson Tigers captured their first series win since the first week of April on Friday night, as they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a final score of 10-9 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Demon Deacons jumped on top of the Tigers in the first inning, as an RBI-single plated the first run of the game.
However, the lead was short-lived, as the Tigers rallied in the bottom of the second inning with seven straight hits to plate five runs, before starting pitcher Logan Harvey retired his first out of the inning.
The Tigers continued their big at-bats in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Grayson Byrd hit his ninth home run in the last 12 games, this one a two-run shot that extended the Tiger lead to 7-1. Clemson added another run after Bryar Hawkins stole home.
The Demon Deacons cut the Tiger lead in half in the top of the eighth inning, as they plated three runs on a home run by Bobby Seymour to make it an 8-4 game.
The Tigers got two of the three runs back in the bottom of the eighth, as they plated two runs on three hits to extend the lead to 10-4.
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The Demon Deacons loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, after Owen Griffith allowed a single and two walks. Wake Forest then scored five runs on a single and a grand slam, cutting the lead to 10-9.
Tiger starting pitcher Jacob Hennessy earned the win, as he went 7-and-a-third innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Harvey took the loss for the Demon Deacons.
• Clemson, with a 21-11 home record, defeated Coastal Carolina 14-3 on the road on Tuesday night.
• The Tigers are averaging 6.7 runs per game and hitting .267 with a .366 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage and 87 steals.
• The pitching staff has a 4.26 ERA, .244 opponents’ batting average and 2.34 strikeout-to-walk ratio and Clemson is fielding .971.
Up next: The Tigers will go for the sweep of the Demon Deacons Saturday (1 p.m.) in their regular season finale.