Deacs and Aggies Split Doubleheader
Evan Stephens recorded three hits in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
Feb. 18, 2012

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Wake Forest and New Mexico State split a doubleheader Saturday at Presley Askew Field, as the Demon Deacons took Game 1 8-5 before falling in Game 2 3-1.

Wake Forest is now 1-2 on the year through the first three games, while the Aggies improve to 2-1.

In Game 1, five Demon Deacons recorded multiple hits and Brian Holmes earned the win. Conor Keniry led the way on offense with his first-career three-hit game, going 3-for-6 with a double and two runs scored.

Pat Blair, Carlos Lopez, James Harris and Charlie Morgan all recorded two hits apiece. Lopez also reached base in five of his six plate appearances, as he walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Brett Armour also had a hit in Game 1, and Joe Napolitano recorded his first-career hit late in the game.

Holmes pitched five innings of shutout baseball while striking out six and allowing just three hits. With the win, he begins the year with a 1-0 record.

Michael Dimock earned his first save of the season after pitching 2.1 innings and striking out three batters.

The offense was not as potent in Game 2, racking up just seven hits as a team. Evan Stephens led the way with three of those hits, including his first-career hit in the top of the fifth inning.

Justin Van Grouw had a solid outing in his start, going 5.1 innings and striking out four. He scattered six hits and allowed three earned runs in the losing effort.

In Game 1, the Demon Deacons built a 4-0 lead after scoring a run apiece in of the first third, fifth and seventh innings.

Keniry doubled to left center with one out to get things going in the first and came around to score three batters later when Harris singled to the opposite field.

With the bases loaded in the third, Matt Conway grounded to short and beat out the double play attempt in order to allow Mac Williamson to score from third.

Wake Forest went up 3-0 in the top of the fifth when Morgan drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Keniry. Morgan then earned his second RBI of the game in the seventh with a single that score Lopez.

New Mexico State broke up Wake Forest's shutout bid in the bottom of the seventh when the Aggies scored three runs, but the Deacs answered with three more of their own in the top of the eighth to regain the four run lead at 7-3.

Stephens reached first on an error and Blair followed with a fielder's choice, but Stephens was safe at second after the second baseman could not corral a good throw. Two batters later Stephens stole third, and after the pitch went wild, he came around to score.

Lopez followed with a double down the left field line to score Blair, and Harris then singled up the middle to bring home Lopez.

The Aggies scored one run in the bottom of the eighth and again in the ninth, but Wake Forest added a run in the ninth as well to help preserve the win. Armour led off the inning with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephens. He then stayed aggressive on the base paths and stole third. When the catcher's throw went into left field, Armour trotted home for Wake's final run.

Wake Forest's only run came in the top of the fifth inning. Napolitano reached on an error and ended up on third base after singles by Morgan and Stephens. With Blair at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Napolitano to score from third and put the Deacs on the board.

The Demon Deacons ended the day with 20 total hits. Keniry had four after going 1-for-4 in Game 2.

These two teams will wrap up the four-game series tomorrow at 4:05 EST at Presley Askew Field.



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