West Virginia Defeats Wake Forest 9-2
Feb. 23, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jack Carey collected two hits and Joey Rodriguez hit his first-career home run, but West Virginia's Harrison Musgrave pitched eight strong innings and allowed just two runs to help the Mountaineers defeat Wake Forest 9-2 on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
West Virginia improves to 3-3 on the year after also defeating Youngstown State earlier in the day. The Demon Deacons fall to 4-3 with the loss.
Carey was 2-for-3 at the plate and was the only Wake Forest hitter to turn in a multi-hit day. Rodriguez's only hit was a blast over the left field wall, while Pat Blair and Matt Conway also had one hit apiece.
Musgrave scattered the five Deacon hits and allowed just the two runs while striking out four batters. Jack Fischer suffered the loss in six innings of work, giving up six runs (four earned) and collecting three strikeouts.
The Mountaineers scored two runs in the first and another in the second to go up 3-0 and capture a lead they would never relinquish.
Conway scored a run in the bottom of the second to make the score 3-1. After doubling down the right field line to lead off the inning, he advanced to third on a fly out by Carey in foul ground in right field. Conway then came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Conor Keniry one batter later.
West Virginia increased its lead with a run in the third and two more runs in the sixth before the Demon Deacons were able to score again. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Rodriguez homered on a 2-1 pitch to make the score 6-2.
The Mountaineers finished the scoring in the seventh inning with three more runs. Jacob Rice led the offensive attack by going 4-for-5, while Brady Wilson went 3-for-5 with a home run.
Wake Forest will be back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Youngstown State and West Virginia. The Deacs will take on the Penguins at 12 p.m. and the Mountaineers at 4 p.m.