Wake Forest Cruises Past Alcorn St. 17-2
Feb. 16, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
MONROE, La. - Wake Forest scored three runs in the top of the first and went on to score at least one run in seven different innings, as the Demon Deacons defeated Alcorn State 17-2 on Saturday afternoon at Warhawk Field.
The win pushes the Deacs' record back over .500 early in the season at 2-1, while Alcorn State is now 0-2 to begin the year.
Matt Conway and Garrett Kelly each picked up three hits in the contest to lead the Demon Deacons. Conway went 3-for-7 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored, while Kelly went 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored.
Joey Rodriguez and Joe Napolitano joined Conway by recording three RBIs apiece. Rodriguez was also one of six Wake Forest players to score two runs in the game. Grant Shambley, Conor Keniry, Pat Blair, Kelly and Mark Rhine also scored two runs each.
As a team, Wake Forest recorded 16 hits, drew 14 walks and was hit by five pitches. Rhine was the beneficiary of several of the free passes, as the senior drew three walks and was hit by a pitch. Luke Czajkowski was also patient at the plate in his first-ever action with three walks and a run scored.
The Deacs were also solid on the mound, allowing just the two runs and striking out 12 batters. Mark McCoy made his first-collegiate start and went 4.0 innings with four strikeouts and one run allowed.
Colin Egan earned the win in 2.0 innings of relief with three strikeouts and no runs allowed, and Conway earned a three-inning save, as he struck out five. Alcorn State starter Terrence Stubbs suffered the loss.
The Demon Deacons put the pressure on from the beginning with a three spot in the top of the first. Evan Stephens was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, Conor Keniry was walked and Pat Blair was hit to load the bases. Charlie Morgan reached on a fielder's choice, and Stephens was cut down at the plate, but Conway smoked a single into left field to bring home two runs. Morgan would later score on a wild pitch to cap the three-run inning.
Alcorn State got one back in the bottom of the first, but the Braves would not score again until the seventh inning.
Rodriguez delivered a bases-loaded double in the top of the third to get the scoring started, scoring Conway and Jack Carey. Stephens scored Rhine on a single to center field, and Rodriguez would score from third while Stephens was in a rundown between first and second to make the score 7-1.
Conway drove in his third run of the game in the fourth, scoring Blair from second on a single up the middle and putting the Deacs up 8-1.
Joe Napolitano and Mark Rhine each picked up RBIs in the fifth inning, as Wake Forest scored three unearned runs. Napolitano then drove in another run in the sixth inning on a fielder's choice to make the score 12-1.
Wake Forest sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning and scored four more runs on five hits. Luke Czajkowski, Kelly, Rhine and Rodriguez all scored a run, while Rodriguez, Shambley, Jimmy Redovian and Napolitano all picked up RBIs.
The Deacons then capped the scoring when Kelly crossed the plate after an error by the Alcorn State third baseman in the eighth.
Wake Forest will wrap up the weekend against ULM tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET at Warhawk Field.