Four Clemson pitchers blank Wake Forest 1-0 as Tigers sweep Deacs

CLEMSON -- Matthew Crownover, Jonathan Meyer, Hilton Head Prep's Patrick Andrews, and Scott Firth combined to pitch a seven-hit shutout as Clemson (25-11, 11-6 ACC) earned a 1-0 victory over Wake Forest (19-19, 4-13) on Saturday night.

The win was Clemson's ninth in a row. The streak began with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings at No. 1 North Carolina on April 1. It is the Tigers' longest winning streak since 2006, when that team had a 17-game winning streak from April 22 to May 25.

Crownover (5-0) tossed 5 1-3 innings to earn the win. He allowed five hits, no runs, and three walks with four strikeouts. Firth retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts to record his second save of the season. The four Tiger hurlers did not allow any of Wake Forest's 11 baserunners to score.

Justin Van Grouw (3-5) suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run.

The Tigers plated the game's only run in the fifth inning when Tyler Krieger grounded a two-out single up the middle to score Steven Duggar. Duggar reached as the leadoff batter on an error by shortstop Pat Blair and advanced to third on back-to-back groundouts by Joe Costigan and Jon McGibbon.

Clemson and Wake Forest will conclude the series at 1 p.m. today.

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