Appalachian State Erases Seven-Run Deficit to Post 10-9 Defeat of Wake Forest
Feb. 20, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Appalachian State overcame an early 7-0 deficit to post a 10-9 win over Wake Forest in non-conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The loss is the Demon Deacons' first of the season, dropping them to 3-1 overall. The Mountaineers move to 4-1 with the victory.
Wake Forest looked as if it might rout its in-state rival with seven runs in the first two innings combined, but Appalachian State got three runs in the third inning and seven runs in the fourth to take a 10-7 lead. The Mountaineers then held off a late Wake rally for the one-run victory.
The Deacons batted around to put five runs on the board in the first inning. Junior Brett Linnenkohl led off the frame with his second home run of the season. After an error and a pair of walks loaded the bases, sophomore Dustin Hood hit a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Allan Dykstra and Ben Terry.
Wake put two more runs up in the second, as Fox drove home a run and Terry scored on a double steal.
The Mountaineers cut the deficit to four with three runs in the top of the third off freshman starter Alex Wiesner. ASU totaled four hits in the frame, but Wiesner got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
Sophomore Tyler Smith (0-1) relieved Wiesner to start the fourth and struggled with his command. Appalachian State scored seven runs off Smith, taking advantage of four walks and a hit-batter. The rally was capped by Jason Rook's two-out grand slam to right field.
Trailing 10-7, the Demon Deacons' bats went cold with just five hits the rest of the way. Wake scored a single run in each the fifth and sixth.
Sophomore Weldon Woodall drove home Hood in the fifth, while Dykstra hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right, in the sixth.
The Deacs threatened in the eighth with a runner on third and one out, but a pop-out to first and a line-out to left ended the rally before it even started.
Dykstra and Hood led the Deacons with two hits apiece. Dykstra finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs and a double, while Hood went 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
"We started off hot, but then we shut it down for awhile," said Dykstra after the game. "We have to pound teams every inning, and it has to be a total team effort. Today we just played lackadaisical.
"It was nice to get the first one (home run) out of the way, but we still lost. I'm glad to get my swing back, but I'd rather win the game."
Redshirt freshman Joel Ernst pitched well in relief, coming on to record the final out of the fourth. Ernst turned in a scoreless 3 1/3 innings with four hits and just one walk.
Freshman Phil Negus pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs and one hit.
Wiesner went three innings in his first collegiate start. The lefty allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The four Deacon pitchers combined to issue nine walks and hit two batters on the day.
Brandon Graves (1-0) earned the win in relief for Appalachian State. Graves went five innings, surrendering four runs, all earned, on five hits with two strikeouts. Garrett Sherrill earned his first save of the season with a scoreless two innings of work.
The loss snapped the Deacons' 17-game winning streak against the Mountaineers. Wake Forest had not lost to Appalachian State since 1996.
Wake is back in action this weekend at No. 18-ranked San Diego. The Deacs and Toreros will square off Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. All times are PST.