Clemson fought back from a 9-2 hole to tie the game at nine in the ninth inning, only to see a three-run homer win the game for 23rd ranked Wake Forest in the 10th inning 12-9 Saturday night in Winston-Salem. The series is knotted at one each and the decisive game will be Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers were down 9-4 in the eighth inning when Bryar Hawkins cleared the bases with a three-run triple. They tied the game in the ninth on a RBI single by Caden Grice.
In the tenth, Clemson reliever Ryan Ammons issued a pair of one-out walks. He was replaced by Ty Olenchuk who struck out the first batter he faced, but then gave up a three-run homer to Michael Turconi that sent the Demond Deacon fans home happy.
The Tigers had 15 hits on the night and every starter had at least one. Jonathan French collected three of the hits and had two RBIs. Hawkins had two hits and three RBIs.
Jay Dill started on the mound for Clemson and gave up seven runs in a third of an inning. He allowed two hits, including a grand slam, and he walked four. Five relievers followed Dill with Ammons (0-2) taking the loss.
Clemson is 21-13 and 3-10 in the ACC while Wake Forest is 27-8 and 10-7 in the league.