Clemson jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the fifth inning and held on for a 16-6 victory over Wake Forest in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.
Every Tiger starter had at least one hit by the fifth inning, as Clemson totaled 18 hits in all. Jay Baum led the way by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Steve Wilkerson and Tyler Slaton, who went 3-for-6 with his first career long ball and four RBIs, both added home runs as part of Clemson's six-run ninth inning.
Starter Matthew Crownover (4-1) earned the win by tossing 5.0 innings with four strikeouts, while Drew Moyer recorded his first career save. Demon Deacon starter John McLeod (2-1) suffered the loss.
The No. 14 Clemson Tigers totaled 14 hits en route to a 7-4 victory over Wake Forest at Wake Forest Baseball Park in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. The Tigers (12-6, 5-1 ACC) swept the doubleheader and won the series 2-1 over the Demon Deacons (13-8, 3-3 ACC).
Clemson built a 5-0 lead, highlighted by Tyler Krieger's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning, his first career long ball. The Demon Deacons rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then Clemson widened its lead with two runs in the seventh inning.
Starter Jake Long (2-0) earned the win in 5.1 innings pitched. He gave up just three hits, four runs (three earned), and three walks with four strikeouts, while Matt Campbell recorded his third save of the season. Wake Forest starter Connor Kaden (1-2) suffered the loss.
The Tigers continue their road swing with a two-game, midweek series at Georgia Southern beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m.