Deacs Beat Davidson in Extra Innings
Feb. 18, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest defeated Davidson 4-3 on Tuesday night in the bottom of the 12th inning as Kevin Conway was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run.
The Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-0 ACC) were down 3-1 heading into the sixth inning but posted a run in the sixth and a tying run in the ninth to send it to extra innings. With the bases loaded in the 12th, Conway took a pitch off the elbow on the first pitch of the at-bat bringing home Jimmy Redovian for the win over Davidson (0-1).
Wake Forest again was bolstered by a strong performance from the bullpen. Aaron Fossas pitched the last five innings of the game and gave up only one hit with one walk while striking out a career-high six batters. Over the last three games, the Wake Forest bullpen has gone 17.0 innings while giving up only three hits, one walk, no runs, no earned runs and have struck out 17 batters.
Connor Kaden got the start for the Deacs and struck out a career-high eight batters while going five innings giving up three runs.
The Deacs got a run in the first inning as Matt Conway had a sacrifice fly to score Stephens to put Wake Forest up 1-0. Davidson answered in the top of the third as Ben Arkin homered to left field to put the Wildcats up 2-1.
Davidson added a third run in the top of the fifth as Forrest Brandt singled to score a run. Nate Jones came in to relieve Kaden and pitched two innings, striking out three while only giving up one hit. The Deacs scored in the sixth as Will Craig reached on an error by the third baseman but was able to bring home the runner from third.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Joey Rodriguez reached on an error and then stole second. Charlie Morgan grounded out advancing Rodriguez to third with one out. Later in the inning, Nate Mondou proved clutch again as he had a sacrifice fly to score Rodriguez to tie the game at 3-3.
Davidson threatened in the 10th inning as Ryan Lowe hit a triple with two outs but Fossas struck the next batter out, preserving the tie.
After Redovian singled to lead off the 12th inning, the bases were loaded on an intentional walks to Keniry and Stephens setting the table for Kevin Conway. Conway was then hit on the first pitch of the at-bat to score the winning run.
Michael Goldberg took the loss for Davidson while Arkin had two RBI's to lead the Wildcats.
Wake Forest hosts three games this weekend beginning with Cincinnati on Friday at 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park.