Wake Forest Splits Doubleheader with Marshall

Feb. 17, 2014

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest split its doubleheader with Marshall on Monday as the Demon Deacons defeated the Thundering Herd 4-3 in the first game but fell 4-1 in the second game.

Wake Forest (2-2, 0-0 ACC) won the first game off a solo walk-off home run by Nate Mondou, his first career homer in the bottom of the ninth. Will Craig earned the win as he pitched four innings while only giving up one hit and not walking a batter.

Marshall (2-2) took the second game of the doubleheader after a three-run fourth inning. Wake Forest threatened in the eighth and ninth innings but only plated one run.

The Wake Forest bullpen was impressive throughout the two games of the doubleheader. A combination of three relievers in the two games only gave up one hit and did not walk a batter while registering eight strikeouts.

Game 1 Recap:
Mondou capped game one in dramatic fashion with a walk-off home run to left field on the second pitch of his at-bat. He ended the game going 1-for-2 from the plate after coming in as a pinch hitter and staying in left field.

Wake Forest scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Matt Conway singled to the shortstop to score Evan Stephens. Craig launched a sacrifice fly to center field to score Grant Shambley as the Deacs took a 2-0 lead. Conway finished the game with two hits and added three in the second game. He also had a diving catch over the railing of the Wake Forest dugout to end the first.

Max Tishman started his first game of his career and went five innings, giving up three hits, three runs and striking out five with only one walk.

Marshall plated three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead and held on to the slim advantage until the seventh inning when the Deacs tied the game up. Joey Rodriguez doubled to the left center gap to score Ben Breazeale who had doubled in the previous at-bat.

Craig pitched four effective innings in relief of Tishman and only gave up a hit in the seventh. He struck out three including a strikeout looking to end the top of the ninth, setting up Mondou's heroics.

Wake Forest posted nine hits in the game compared to four for Marshall. Kolin Stanley took the loss for Marshall.

Game 2 Recap:
Marshall scored one run in the second and three in the fourth while holding off the Wake Forest rally in the late innings to win 4-1.

The Thundering Herd scored a run in the second inning as Chase Vogelbach lined a double but scored after a Wake Forest throwing error. Starter Matt Pirro gave up four hits in three innings with three earned runs but posted a career high seven strikeouts.

Marshall extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth after Cory Garrastazu recorded a two-RBI double and later scored on a double play ground out.

John McCarren came in for Pirro on the mound and in his first collegiate game, gave up no hits or runs and didn't issue a walk while striking out two. Parker Dunshee followed McCarren and matched him with three innings pitched, no hits or runs and no walks issued with three strikeouts. Marshall did not record a hit after the fourth inning.

Wake Forest threatened in the eighth inning after Charlie Morgan Walked and Conway singled. Garrett Kelly singled home Morgan to put one run on the board but a fielder's choice ended the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jimmy Redovian walked to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a double from Rodriguez but Marshall got two outs to end the game and win 4-1.

Pirro took the loss while Michael Taylor earned the win on the mound for Marshall.

Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday and will play host to Davidson at 6 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Due to the field conditions at Davidson following the winter storm of last week, the decision was made to move the game to Winston-Salem. The game on March 18 between Davidson and Wake Forest originally scheduled for Wake Forest Baseball Park has been switched to Davidson.

 

 

 

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