No. 17 Clemson 6, Wake Forest 4
CLEMSON — Freshman Steven Duggar’s two-run, walkoff homer with two outs in the 11th inning lifted Clemson (26-11, 12-6) to a 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference victory and three-game sweep of Wake Forest (19-20, 4-14) on Sunday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Clemson next hosts Furman on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Demon Deacons battled back from a 2-0 deficit and 4-2 deficit to tie the score each time. Neither team could plate a go-ahead run in the eighth, ninth, or 10th innings, then Duggar came through with his third hit along with his third and fourth RBIs of the game on his game-ending long ball in the 11th inning.
cott Firth (4-4) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of one-hit ball with four strikeouts to earn the win.
Connor Kaden (0-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded two runs on one hit in 2/3 of an inning. Jack Fischer pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of two-hit ball as well.
In the first inning, Thomas Brittle laced a one-out single up the middle and Garrett Boulware reached on an infield single. Shane Kennedy belted a double to right-center to score Brittle, then Steve Wilkerson lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Boulware.
Mark Rhine reached on a one-out, bunt single in the top of the third inning and scored on Evan Stephens’ double over the first-base bag. After Conor Keniry walked, Blair hit a potential inning-ending, double-play grounder to third-baseman Jay Baum, who stepped on third for out No. 2. But his throw to first was errant, allowing Keniry to score from first on the play and even the score 2-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, Kennedy reached on a one-out, infield single and Wilkerson lined a double down the left-field line. Kennedy and Wilkerson both scored on Duggar’s single through the right side to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
Kevin Conway led off the seventh inning with an infield single and Andrew Williams walked on six pitches. After both runners moved up a base on Rhine’s sacrifice bunt, Stephens walked on six pitches to load the bases. Keniry lined out to shallow right field for out #2 as all runners held, but Blair singled through the left side to plate Conway and Williams, tying the score 4-4.
In the 10th inning, Tyler Krieger led off with a walk. Three batters later, Tyler Slaton drew a two-out walk, then both runners moved up a base on an error on a failed pickoff attempt. Brittle lined a 3-2 pitch, but it was right at first-baseman Matt Conway to end the inning.
Boulware led off the 11th inning with a seven-pitch walk, then the next two Tigers were retired. Duggar then deposited a 2-1 breaking ball over the fence in right field for a two-run homer, his second homer of the season and first of his career at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It was also the first walkoff home run by a Tiger in 2013.
Duggar led Clemson’s 12-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs, one walk, and one steal. Wilkerson went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Boulware scored a game-high two runs.
Matt Conway went 3-for-5 to lead the Demon Deacons, who totaled nine hits in the contest.