Stephens Late Homer Lifts Wake Forest over Radford
Feb. 23, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Evan Stephens launched a solo home run to right center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie as Wake Forest defeated Radford 5-4 on Sunday.
Stephens finished the day going 2-for-4 as his solo home run was the difference maker to lift Wake Forest (5-3, 0-0 ACC). Nate Jones earned the win on the mound while Aaron Fossas picked up his first save of the season.
Matt Conway went 3-for-4 at the plate while Jack Carey went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. The Wake Forest bullpen gave up two runs but both were unearned which means the ERA of the bullpen remains 0.00 over the last 29 innings. The relievers have earned 24 strikeouts during that time with only five walks and nine total hits. Wake Forest limited Radford to just five hits on the day while
Max Tishman started the game for the Demon Deacons and had base runners early in the first but worked out of it on a double play to end the inning.
Wake Forest scored in the first inning as Conway singled to right center scoring Conor Keniry. Keniry finished the game with three walks and an RBI.
Radford picked up two runs in the top of the second as Aaron Scoville doubled to score two runs and put the Highlanders up 2-1. The Deacs responded in the bottom of the inning as Keniry walked with the bases loaded to score a run.
Connor Kaden pitched in relief of Tishman and went three and two-thirds while only giving up one hit and a walk.
Radford answered in the top of the sixth with two runs off Parker Dunshee yet both were unearned due to an earlier fielding error. Dunshee gave up one hit and a walk in his second career appearance.
Jones pitched a scoreless eighth with one strikeout to preserve the 4-4 tie. Stephens stepped up in the bottom of the inning and with one out, homered to right center on a full count for the go-ahead run.
Fossas pitched a perfect ninth inning as a ground out ended the game and gave Wake Forest the 5-4 win.
The Demon Deacons have been able to clutch in the late innings as Wake Forest has four game-winning hits this season coming in the eighth inning or later.
Blake Sipe and Scoville led Radford each with two RBIs while Nygeal Andrews took the loss for the Highlanders.
Wake Forest heads to UNCG on Tuesday afternoon and with first pitch at 4 p.m.