Deacs End Weekend 3-1 with 11-4 Win at ULM

Feb. 17, 2013

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

MONROE, La. - Pat Blair, Brett Armour and Mark Rhine all drove in multiple runs, and Matt Pirro earned the win in his first start of the season, as Wake Forest defeated ULM 11-4 on Sunday afternoon at Warhawk Field.

The win lifts the Demon Deacons to 3-1 after the opening weekend, while the loss drops the Warhawks to 2-1 so far on the year.

Blair went 1-for-4 and drove in three runs on the day, while Armour and Rhine each recorded two RBIs. Armour was 2-for-4 with a couple of singles, and Rhine was 1-for-3 with the Deacs' first homer of the season and two HBPs.

Pirro went 5.0 innings in the start and struck out four batters to move to 1-0. He also made big pitches in the second and third innings to strand a total of five runners in the two frames. Connor Kaden replaced Pirro in the sixth and went two innings and gave up two runs before Niko Spezial entered in the eighth and retired all six batters he faced.

Evan Stephens, Grant Shambley and Conor Keniry all had two hits and an RBI on the day to help the Demon Deacon offense.

The Warhawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run double by Kodie Tidwell, but the Deacs responded in the top of the third and took the leads at 3-2.

Luke Czajkowski led off the third with his first-career hit to right field and Rhine pushed him to second after he has hit by a pitch. After a passed ball allowed both runners to move up a bag, Armour and Stephens followed with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at 2-2 with nobody out. Shambley then laid down a perfect sacrifice to put runners on second and third, and Blair grounded out to second to bring Armour home.

Neither team scored in the fourth inning, but the Deacs scored four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth to make the score 7-2. Stephens and Shambley led off with consecutive infield singles before Blair laced a double into right center to bring both guys home. Two batters later, Keniry sent a ball into the same gap to earn his first-career triple, and Charlie Morgan scored him from third on a ground out to the shortstop.

Tidwell singled and Jeff Fuller doubled him home one batter later to begin the bottom of the sixth and cut the lead to 7-3. Fuller would also come around to score later in the inning on a ground ball to make the score 7-4.

After a scoreless seventh, Wake Forest scored two more runs to push the lead back to five runs at 9-4. James Harris recorded a one-out, pinch-hit single to get things going, and Joey Rodriguez replaced him as a pinch runner. Rodriguez then stole second and moved to third on a Rhine ground out. Armour followed with an RBI single and came around to score on a Shambley single after Stephens moved him to second on a walk.

Rhine capped the scoring in the ninth when he belted his third-career home run over the left field wall, scoring Morgan who reached on a single earlier in the inning.

Wake Forest will remain away from home for the fifth straight game when the Deacs head to Western Carolina on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

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