March 27, 2004
Clemson, SC – Kris Harvey had three hits and three RBIs and the Tiger pitching staff limited Wake Forest to three hits over the last eight innings, as Clemson defeated the Demon Deacons 7-4 Saturday afternoon. The Tigers improved to 11-10 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, while Wake Forest fell to 11-13 and 1-4 in ACC play.
Junior Tyler Lumsden earned the victory for the Tigers, improving to 1-1 for the year. He allowed only two earned runs and struck out seven in 7.0 innings pitched. Patrick Hogan relieved Jeff Hahn in the ninth inning to record the final two outs for his fourth save of the season. Brian Bach suffered the loss for Wake Forest and dropped to 2-5 for the year.
Wake Forest’s Nick Blue started the game with an infield single to second base. He advanced to second when Tiger second baseman Demmink overthrew the ball. After stealing third base, Blue scored on Matt Antonelli’s infield single. J.B. Tucker hit a double to deep right field. Antonelli scored on the play and Tucker advanced to third on an errant throw to the cutoff man. Brad Scioletti plated Tucker with a groundball to the shortstop, giving Wake Forest a 3-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons added another run in the third inning when Antonelli reached base on a throwing error, advanced to second on Ben Ingold’s groundball back to the pitcher and scored on Tucker’s single.
Clemson tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning. Kris Harvey double to left field. After Andy D’Alessio walked, John Ingram hit a single to right center field, plating Harvey.
The Tigers took a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning after Santangelo doubled to right center field and then scored on Harvey’s double to right field.
Clemson scored two more runs in the sixth inning for a 7-4 advantage. Garrick Evans beat out a groundball to third base to lead off the inning. Demmink followed with a single to left field. Colvin bunted the runners to second and third and McCann was intentionally walked to load the bases. Santangelo hit a sacrifice fly ball to right center field that scored Evans. Harvey then hit a single up the middle to drive in Demmink.
Demmink was 3-5 for the game with two runs scored and McCann recorded two RBIs, bringing his season total to 20.
Clemson and Wake Forest will play the series finale Sunday at 2:00 PM.
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