Deacs Split Sunday Doubleheader
Feb. 18, 2018

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest split a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb, winning the opener by an 8-4 margin before falling in the nightcap, 6-3, at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday.

The Demon Deacons (2-2) will now hit the road for four straight, beginning with a 6 p.m. contest at Davidson on Tuesday before heading to Santa Clara over the weekend.

The Runnin' Bulldogs wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 record, with their only loss coming to the Deacs on Sunday.

Game 1: Wake Forest 8, Gardner-Webb 4

Wake Forest broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning behind back-to-back longballs from Christian Long and DJ Poteet, including a three-run shot from Long.

Bobby Hearn entered on the mound the following half inning and retired all nine batters he faced, striking out four over 3.0 innings.

Colin Peluse cruised through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He earned the win, tossing 6.0 inning sand conceding four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks, tallying a career-high seven strikeouts.

Long finished the game 3-for-4 with a double in addition to his home run, while Shane Muntz went 2-for-4 with a double.

Poteet, Patrick Frick and Michael Ludowig each walked twice in the victory.

Game 2: Gardner-Webb 6, Wake Forest 3

The Deacs committed six errors and were unable to overcome an early deficit in Sunday's nightcap.

Gardner-Webb scored twice in the top of the first and led wire-to-wire.

Johnny Aiello hit a sacrifice fly, Patrick Frick tallied an RBI single and Bobby Seymour added an RBI fielder's choice to cap off the Deacon scoring.

Wake Forest brought the tying run to the plate after a Muntz double and Chris Lanzilli single, but the next three Deacs were retired to end the threat.

Jarrett Thompson was strong in relief for the Bulldogs, striking out seven in 4.0 scoreless innings.

The Deacs also received an impressive effort from the bullpen, as Antonio Menendez, Tyler Witt, Rayne Supple and Cole McNamee combined to allow just one earned run in 6.0 innings.

Supple capped off a stellar weekend with 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out three. In 4.1 innings of work this weekend, he didn't allow a run, giving up two hits while striking out 10.

McNamee struck out a pair in a hitless ninth inning in his collegiate debut.

Chandler Redmond and Chris Clary tallied three hits apiece for Gardner-Webb in the second game.



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