Mondou Delivers as Deacs Down Missouri
Feb. 22, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In a tight pitcher's duel, Wake Forest defeated Missouri 1-0 on Saturday on a walk-off single in the 9th inning from freshman Nate Mondou.
Mondou clubbed a single to left field scoring Matt Conway from second base for the game's only run. It was Mondou's second walk-off hit of the season after he had a walk-off home run against Marshall on Monday. Wake Forest now has three last at-bat victories this season including the 12th inning win over Davidson on Tuesday.
Wake Forest improves to a record of 4-3 on the season while Missouri falls to 3-2.
Aaron Fossas pitched two and one-third innings of scores relief to earn his second victory of the season. Fossas gave up just two hits with one walk while striking out one.
John McLeod pitched six and two-thirds and gave up just three hits while striking out five. The Wake Forest bullpen continues to dominate as the Demon Deacon relievers have not given up a run in 21.1 innings. During that time, the bullpen has only relinquished three walks and 20 strikeouts with a batting average against of .103.
Wake Forest limited Missouri to just five hits while scratching out six hits against tough Missouri pitching.
Missouri threatened in the top of the second as a runner advanced to third after a failed pick off but McLeod struck out Zach Lavy to end the inning. The Tigers again had runners on base in the sixth, but McLeod got Shane Segovia to ground out to third base, ending the inning.
Missouri put runners on base in the second but Fossas entered and got the final out to prevent the potential go-ahead runs.
Wake Forest had runners on the corners in the eighth inning but Missouri ended the inning on a strikeout and a ground out preserving the scoreless tie.
Fossas gave up a single to start the top of the ninth but after a sacrifice but, he struck out Lavy and snagged a liner from Jake Ring and threw him out at first to close the top of the frame.
In the bottom of the ninth, Wake Forest had two outs as Matt Conway singled to center field and advanced to second on a fielding error from the center fielder. Mondou then singled on a 2-2 count and sent it over the left fielder to bring Conway home.
Dylan Kelly went 2-for-4 to lead Missouri. Brett Graves went seven innings while only giving up three hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Keaton Steele took the loss as he had three hits and one strikeout.
Wake Forest hosts Radford on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park.