March 29, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior lefthander John Hendricks scattered six hits and allowed only two earned runs in a complete game victory to lead Wake Forest past fourth-ranked Clemson, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Field. With the victory, Wake Forest improves its record to 19-12 overall and 4-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Tigers fell to 27-4 and 5-1 in ACC play.
Hendricks (6-2) struck out six batters on the afternoon in his second complete game of the season and pitched out of two bases loaded jams during the game to earn the victory. He did not allow a base hit to Clemson after the sixth inning.
Clemson starter Skip Browning (5-1) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing seven runs in six-plus innings of work.
The Demon Deacons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning on four consecutive hits, including a two-run double by Will Rikard. Wake Forest added four runsin the seventh inning to push the lead to 8-0. Andrew Riepe started tthe inning with a walk and Sunny Chiou reached on a Clemson error while attempting a sacrifice bunt. Chase Voshell singled with a bunt betwen the pitcher and the third baseman to load the bases. After a fielder,s choice at home plate and with one out, Ben Danosky flied out to right field which allowed Chiou to score. Jon Palmieri followed with a three-run homer, his fifth of the season, to cap the inning. The Tigers responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh, but from there Hendicks kept the Tiger bats at bay. Clemson stranded 14 runners on base during the game while Wake Forest left only two men on base.
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