Deacs Open Home Slate with 8-2 Win over Youngstown St.
Feb. 22, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Evan Stephens, Conor Keniry and Pat Blair combined for seven hits, six RBIs and five runs scored in the top three spots of the lineup to help Wake Forest defeat Youngstown State 8-2 in the Demon Deacons home opener on Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Deacs improve to 4-2 on the young season with the win, while Youngstown State falls to 2-4.
Austin Stadler (2-0) picked up his second victory of the season with a solid pitching performance, going seven innings while giving up six hits and just a single earned run with three strikeouts.
Stephens went 3-for-5 with three singles and two runs scored, while Keniry and Blair each recorded two hits, a triple and three RBIs. Blair also hit his first home run of the season and the 13th of his career.
James Harris drove in the other two runs of the game for the Demon Deacons, connecting on his first homer of the year and driving in a run on a sacrifice fly.
With the Deacs clinging to a 3-1 lead, Harris and Blair fired solo shots over the wall in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, to build an insurmountable lead for Wake Forest. Keniry sealed the victory with his bases-loaded triple in the eighth that notched the final three runs for the Demon Deacons.
Youngstown State notched the first run of the game in the top of the first as Drew Dosch singled up the middle to drive in Mike Accardi, giving the Penguins an early 1-0 lead.
The Deacs roared back in the bottom of the first, though, tallying two runs after Blair's triple drove home Keniry and Stephens. Wake grabbed a 3-1 advantage following Harris' sacrifice fly to score Blair later in the inning.
Harris put the Demon Deacons on top 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning with his first home run of the season. The junior sent a laser out of the park to right center field to build on Wake's lead. Two innings later, Blair fired a solo shot of his own over the fence in left field to give the Deacs a 5-1 advantage.
The Penguins picked up one more run in the top of the eighth inning as Accardi scored on a single by Marcus Heath but could not close the gap any closer than 5-2 the rest of the way.
Keniry helped the Deacons land one more blow in the bottom of the eighth with his triple to right center with the bases loaded. The triple was his second of the season and drove home Stephens, Garrett Kelly and Mark Rhine to put Wake Forest up by the final score of 8-2.
Wake Forest will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. as the Deacs take on West Virginia. The Mountaineers dropped a 10-7 decision to Youngstown State on Friday afternoon and will play the Penguins again tomorrow at 12 p.m. before taking on the Demon Deacons.