Wake Forest Opens Season with 11-2 Win over Akron
Feb. 20, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest freshman Austin Stadler went 4-for-5 at the plate with a game-high four RBIs and also pitched five strong innings on the mound to pick up the win as the Demon Deacon baseball team opened the season with an 11-2 win over Akron in the Wake Forest Baseball Tournament presented by Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn.
Wake Forest moves to 1-0 on the season, while Akron drops to 0-2.
Stadler excelled at both the plate and on the mound. He had a team-best four hits in the game and also drove in four runs, while scoring a run. On the mound, he threw five innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out seven with two walks. He earned the win in the first start of his collegiate career.
Senior Evan Ocheltree had two hits on the night and scored a team-high three runs. Weldon Woodall was 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Freshman Carlos Lopez hit the first home run of the season for the Demon Deacons.
The Wake Forest pitchers were dominant most of the night, striking out a total of 15 batters in the game. Freshman Daniel Marrs threw 2.2 innings in relief, giving up one run on three hits. He struck out six, including fanning the side in the seventh inning. Sophomore Brandon Johnson pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game, allowing no runs on two hits with two punch outs.
Wake Forest got its offense rolling early, scoring seven runs in the opening frame and sending 11 men to the plate. Dustin Hood opened the inning with a single to center. After a fly out by Shane Kroker, Akron pitcher Tom Farmer issued three straight walks. Hood scored on the walk to Woodall to give the Deacs a 1-0 lead. Stadler drove in his first two runs of the night on a double to left center to stretch the lead to 3-0. Tyler Smith hit a sacrifice fly to left to make the lead 4-0. The next batter, Lopez, sent the first pitch he saw in his college career over the left-center field fence to give Wake a 6-0 advantage. After Semeniuk singled and stole second, Dustin Hood was hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second. Kroker singled to center, scoring Semeniuk for the Deacs' seventh run of the inning.
Akron answered back with a single run in the top of the second. With two outs, Ryan Frazee hit a solo home run over the barrier in left field to cut the lead to 7-1.
The Demon Deacons responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. With one out, Ocheltree singled to right. After a lineout to third by Woodall, Stadler brought in Ocheltree on a double to the left-center field alley for his third RBI of the game to give Wake Forest an 8-1 lead.
It appeared that the Zips would trim into the Demon Deacon lead in the third inning. With one out, Kevin Haas walked and Bret Savage singled to right, sending Haas to second. After Jake Plata struck out looking, Matt Roberts sent a fly ball down the right field line that appeared destined to score two runs. However, Ocheltree made a tremendous diving catch along the line and preserving the six-run lead for Wake Forest.
After neither team dented the plate in the next three innings, Wake Forest plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out rally. After a walk to Ocheltree, Woodall doubled to right center to score Ocheltree and give the Deacs a 9-1 lead. Stadler followed with his third hit of the night, a single to right to score Woodall and make the score 10-1.
Wake added a single run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Kroker doubled to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch by James Podgorney. After Mike Murray struck out swinging, Ocheltree reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, scoring Kroker for Wake's 11th run of the night.
Akron closed the scoring with a run in the eighth. With two outs, Kyle Hallett doubled down the left field line. Hallett eventually scored on a single by Brian Kordel to make the score 11-2.
Tom Farmer picked up the loss for Akron, allowing eight runs, all earned, on 10 hits in four innings of work.
The Marshall Thundering Herd picked up a pair of wins in the first two games of the Wake Forest Baseball Tournament, presented by Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn, downing Akron 9-3 and Old Dominion 3-2.
Wake Forest is back in action on Saturday with a pair of games. The Deacs open the day against Akron at 2:30 p.m. (ET), before facing Old Dominion at 6 p.m. (ET). Admission to each game of the Wake Forest Baseball Tournament presented by Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn is free of charge.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Akron 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 10 2 Wake Forest 7 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 X 11 15 0
W- Stadler (1-0) L - Farmer (0-1) S - None HR: Frazee (1), Lopez (1) Time: 2:59 Attendance: 745