Wake Forest Downs Marshall 7-6 in 10 Innings
Feb. 22, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior second baseman Dustin Hood drove in the game-tying run and scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Wake Forest (4-0) claimed a 7-6 victory over Marshall (2-2) on Sunday at the Wake Forest Baseball Tournament presented by Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn.
The Deacs are 4-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2001 season.
With the game tied at five after nine innings, Marshall took the lead with a run in the top of the 10th. Thor Meeks opened the inning with a single and Ramone Tate pinch ran for Meeks. After Tate advanced to second on a wild pitch, Alfredo Brito singled to center field, scoring Tate and giving the Thundering Herd a 7-6 lead.
The Deacs answered with a stunning comeback for the second time in two days. Tyler Smith opened the bottom of the 10th with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ryan Semeniuk. Hood hit a ground ball that appeared destined for the outfield but second baseman Kenny Socorro made a great diving stop to keep the ball in the infield. Smith did not stop running on the play, rounding third and scoring just ahead of Socorro's throw home. Hood advanced to second on the throw on the run-scoring play and moved to third after Shane Kroker grounded out to second. With two outs and the winning run 90 feet away, Mike Murray hit a roller to third base, which was mishandled by Josh Valle, allowing Hood to score and giving Wake Forest another comeback win.
Phil Negus (1-0) picked up the win after pitching the 10th inning. Negus allowed three hits and one run in an inning of work. Austin Coan suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.
Freshman Zach White pitched exceptionally well for Wake Forest in relief of starter Michael Dimock. White threw 3.2 innings and surrendered no runs on only one hit. White struck out six batters and allowed only one walk.
Making the first start of his collegiate career, Dimock allowed five runs, only two earned, and six hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out five and walked one batter. Dan Straily started for Marshall and allowed two unearned runs on five hits in five innings.
Extremely windy conditions and cold temperatures made fielding very difficult. Each team made five errors in the contest.
Austin Stadler and Hood each had three hits in the game. Hood was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Stadler was 3-for-4 with a run. Carlos Lopez added two hits with an RBI and a run scored.
Marshall struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Brandon Casamassima hit a one-out home run over the right field fence to give the Thundering Herd a 1-0 lead. One batter later, Victor Gomez hit his first homer of the season to give Marshall a 2-0 lead.
Wake Forest tied the game in the bottom of the third. Hood led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Kroker hit a fly ball to left, which was missed by the left fielder, allowing Kroker to advanced to second and Hood to score. Kroker moved to third when shortstop Adam Yeager bobbled the relay throw. Murray grounded out to second to score Kroker and even the game at two.
Marshall regained the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Yeager hit a one-out single to left-center field and moved to second on a stolen base. Casamassima reached on a error by Kroker and Yeager moved to third on the play. Nate Lape followed with a ground ball to short which was bobbled. Yeager scored on the play to give Marshall a 3-2 lead. After a single to center field by Gomez loaded the bases, Valle reached on a fielding error by the pitcher, scoring Casamassima to make the score 4-2.
Marshall scored its fifth run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. A fielding error by Ryan Semeniuk allowed Brito to reach second base. Socorro reached on an infield single, which moved Brito to third. Ben Jurevicius flied out to center and Yeager struck out swinging to put runners on first and third with two outs. Casamassima drove in Brito on a single to left field to extend the Thundering Herd lead to 5-2.
Wake Forest tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stadler opened the inning with a single to right and Lopez followed with an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Stadler to make the score 5-3. Smith reached after hitting a ball back to Marshall pitcher Greg Williams. Williams attempted to throw out Lopez at second base, but Lopez beat the throw to give Wake runners at first and second with no outs. Ryan Semeniuk followed with a sacrifice bunt and Hood walked to load the bases. Kroker hit a ground ball to Valle. Valle attempted to throw out Lopez at home, but his throw was low and got past the catcher and Lopez and Smith both scored to tie the game at five.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh, eighth, or ninth innings setting up the first extra inning game of the season for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday, February 24, as it plays host to Appalachian State in the first midweek game of the season. First pitch at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park is slated for 6 p.m. (ET).