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Eubanks’ complete-game shutout clinches Wake series

Clemson did not need any dramatics on Saturday to win Game 2 of its three-game series with No. 17 Wake Forest.

Clemson got three hits and 2 RBIs from left fielder Reed Rohlman and a complete game shutout from pitcher Alex Eubanks as the third-ranked Tigers downed the Demon Deacons 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

It was Eubanks third complete-game shutout of his career and the second of his season.

By winning Game 2, coupled with Friday night’s come-from-behind win, Clemson clinched the series to take over first place over Louisville in the ACC Atlantic by a half game. The Tigers rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth to down Wake by one run, the 10th come-from-behind win of the season.

But there was no need of a comeback in Game 2. The Tigers (33-7, 16-4 ACC) scored three runs in the third and fifth innings and then two in the bottom of the sixth inning and three more in the seventh in cruising to an easy victory.

Rohlman led the Tigers with a 3-for-5 day at the plate while the bottom of the order, Jordan Greene and Grayson Byrd, scored four runs. Byrd had three by himself and was 2-for-3 at the plate. Chase Pinder also had two hits and hit a home run in the victory.

With the offense rolling, Eubanks had his best game since last month’s complete-game shutout against Boston College. On Saturday, Eubanks struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked none while scattering seven hits in earning his sixth victory of the season.

It was a big outing for Eubanks as he allowed head coach Monte Lee to avoid going to his bullpen, saving it for Game 3 if necessary.   

Clemson grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning thanks to two hits and an error.

After Greene got a one-out walk and Byrd singled through the left side, Clemson scored the first run when Wake’s Johnny Aiello booted the ball at third base, allowing the ball to roll into left and Greene to come home for a 1-0 lead.

Rohlman then ran out an infield hit, allowing Byrd to come home for a 2-0 lead. Pinder scored a few moments later when starter Donnie Sellers threw a wild pitch which got Pinder home for the third run.

Clemson extended its lead to 6-0 on Wake Forest in the bottom of the fifth inning as Rohlman and Logan Davidson hit back-to-back doubles to drive in two runs, while Seth Beer had an RBI single with one out for the third.

After Pinder reached base after being hit by a pitch and then stole second base, Rohlman ripped a double down the right field line to easily score Pinder from second base. Davidson followed with a double to left field to score Rohlman and Beer dropped a single to right field to plate Davidson for a 6-0 advantage .

The Tigers eventually ran off Sellers with the three-run inning.

Clemson added two more runs in the sixth inning, and then Byrd got an RBI single in the seventh inning before Pinder hit his first home run of the season, a two-run bomb to left field for an 11-0 lead.

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