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Clemson Baseball Sweeps Wake Forest

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Clemson baseball went up to Winston-Salem this weekend and earned a three-game sweep against the Demon Deacons.

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Game 1: Clemson 7 Wake Forest 5

Seth Beer got things going early for the Tigers with a two-run single in the first, but the Deacs countered with five runs over the next two innings to establish a 5-2 lead. After Wake’s four run second, it looked as though Clemson would be doomed by a big inning once again, but the Tigers clawed their way back into it. Grayson Byrd and Kyle Wilkie brought in a pair of runs to cut the Deacon lead to 5-4. In the fifth, the Tigers worked the bases loaded when Winston-Salem native Kier Meredith was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run. Logan Davidson and Chris Williams each homered in the eighth to complete the Tiger comeback and give Clemson the 7-5 lead, which pitcher Ryan Miller was able to hold on to and preserve the win.

Game 2: Clemson 4 Wake Forest 3

Once again, Clemson found itself in a hole early as the Deacons scored two runs in the third to build a 2-0 lead. The Deacs added another run, but the Tiger manufactured three in the sixth to tie the game up 3-3. Kyle Wilkie broke the tie in thd eigth with a two out double that scored Seth Beer. Starting pitcher Brooks Crawford went seven innings in his fourth win of the season. Ryley Gilliam pitched the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save.

Game 3. Clemson 9 Wake Forest 4

The Tigers ended the series with an offensive bang, scoring nine runs on twelve hits to complete the sweep. Chris Williams, Grayson Byrd, Kyle Wilkie, and Logan Davidson each went yard, and Jake Higginbotham held Wake to four hits in his five innings of work to earn the win. Gilliam went two and two thirds innings to get save number seven on the year.

The sweep keeps the Tigers in second place in the Atlantic division, just one game behind NC State. Wake drops from third to being tied with Louisville for fourth. Clemson is back in action Tuesday night when the Kennesaw State Owls come to town for a midweek game at Doug Kingsmore.