Deacons Fall to Lamar, 5-3, in Houston

Feb. 21, 2004

Final Stats

HOUSTON - The Wake Forest baseball was defeated 5-3 by Lamar University on Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park in Houston. The Demon Deacons slip to 0-2 for the first time since the 2000 season.

The game was tied at two heading into the seventh inning, but the Cardinals broke the deadlock with three runs to take a 5-2 lead.

In the eighth inning, J.B. Tucker hit his first Wake Forest home run, a solo shot down the right field line, but the Deacons couldn't complete the rally.

Shortstop Ben Ingold and first baseman Ryder Mathias each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Nick Blue was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Lamar got on the scoreboard in the first inning with an unearned run off starter Kyle Young. But the Deacons came back to take the lead in the third inning. Ingold and Mathias led off with consecutive singles. Ingold scored on an RBI double by Blue. Mathias scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Antonelli.

Lamar tied the game in the fourth inning and took the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning. The Cardinals got an RBI double by Jordan Foster, followed by a two-run homer by Brett Winn.

Wake Forest cut the lead to 5-3 on Tucker's two-out solo homer in the eighth.

Junior Brian Bach took the loss for the Deacons. He allowed Lamar's three runs in the seventh inning. Through four innings, Bach allowed four hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Young, starting in his home state of Texas in front of friends and family, was effective through four innings of work. He gave up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts. However, a high pitch count forced the Deacons to go to the bullpen before the fifth inning.



Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Deacons threatened, putting two runners on base with one out but Cardinal reliever Derrick Gordon escaped the jam with no damage done. Gordon picked up the victory for Lamar for two shutout innings.

Wake Forest mustered one final rally in the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Ryder Mathias dropped a single between the left fielder, center fielder and shortstop. Brian Shust came on to pinch-run and for the second straight game, Doug Riepe was called on to pinch-hit. Riepe, who homered in the exact same situation last night against Rice, grounded out to end the game.

Freshman Lee Land made his collegiate debut. The native of Durham, N.C., pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a strikeout.

Lamar improved to 6-2 while the Deacons slipped to 0-2. Wake Forest will wrap up the Rice Coca-Cola Classic on Sunday morning against Cal State Northridge. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. central time and junior Justin Keadle gets the start for the Deacons.

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