Deacs Split Doubleheader on Opening Day
Feb. 15, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
MONROE, La. - Wake Forest split a doubleheader on opening day, taking Game 1 against Alcorn State 3-0 before falling to ULM 9-0 at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action tomorrow against Alcorn State at 3 p.m. ET.
Below is a recap of each of Friday's games.
Game 1 Recap
Austin Stadler went 7.0 innings and struck out nine batters, and Nate Jones earned his first-career save to help Wake Forest shut out Alcorn State 3-0 to begin the 2013 season at Warhawk Field in Monroe, La.
The Demon Deacons begin the season 1-0 for the first time since defeating Army 6-2 to begin the 2010 season. The win also marks the first season-opening road victory since Wake Forest won at Davidson 7-2 to begin 2002 and the first season-opening shutout since the Deacs beat Appalachian 26-0 to begin the 2003 season.
Stadler, who missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, scattered five hits to go along with his nine strikeouts in his season debut. His nine strikeouts were the most since he struck out 10 batters against Minnesota on February 25, 2011.
Jones pitched the eighth and ninth innings without giving up a run, allowing just two hits and striking out four batters. Neither Stadler nor Jones walked a batter in the game.
Charlie Morgan led the way offensively by going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Kevin Jordan had the only other extra-base hit with a triple, while Conor Keniry, Pat Blair, Jack Carey and Joe Napolitano all picked up a hit apiece.
The Deacs got on the board in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Jordan led off the inning with a rope over the center fielder's head that ended in a triple. Garrett Kelly then picked up his first-career RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Wake Forest picked up another run an inning later on a second sacrifice fly. Morgan doubled to the wall in left center to lead things off, and after moving to third on a wild pitch, he was able to come home on a long fly ball to right field by Matt Conway.
The Demon Deacons got their third run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a couple of Alcorn State errors. With Grant Shambley on second base and two outs, Joey Rodriguez laid down a bunt and the ball was thrown into right field to allow the runner to come home.
Game 2 Recap
ULM starting pitcher Cale Wine went 6.2 innings without giving up a run to help the Warhawks take down Wake Forest 9-0 in the Deacs second game of a doubleheader on Friday night at Warhawk Field.
The Demon Deacons split the pair of games, defeating Alcorn State 3-0 earlier in the day, to begin the year 1-1.
Wine earned the win for ULM, while Jack Fischer suffered the loss in his first start of the year.
Hitting one and two in the batting order, Even Stephens and Conor Keniry each went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in the game. Charlie Morgan doubled, and Matt Conway picked up a hit to round out the Demon Deacon offensive output against the Warhawks.
ULM cleanup hitter Justin Stawychny went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to open the scoring. The Warhawks would go on to score three more in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth. Only five of the nine runs scored were earned, though, as the Demon Deacons committed five errors in the game.
Christian Bartholomew made his collegiate debut in relief and went 3.0 innings while striking out one and allowing three hits and a run. Justin Van Grouw then pitched the final inning and struck out two without surrendering a run.