Deacons Knock Off Appalachian State, 13-6
Feb. 24, 2004
Winston-Salem, NC - The Wake Forest baseball team got into the win column with a 13-6 victory over visiting Appalachian State on Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. Wake Forest wins its eighth consecutive home opener.
The Deacons withstood an early scare as the Mountaineers scored five runs in the top of the first inning off Wake Forest freshman Josh Ellis, who was making his first start.
But the Deacons responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Ellis then settled down and allowed only one more run through the sixth inning to pick up his first collegiate win.
While Ellis slowed the Mountaineer bats, Wake Forest's offense never stopped rolling. The Deacons put up five in the first, three in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth to compile a comfortable 12-6 lead.
Ellis lasted six innings, allowed six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Freshman Sean Souders was outstanding in his three innings of relief. He struck out the side in the seventh inning and finished with four strikeouts to pick up his first save.
In the first inning, Ryder Mathias' two-run double tied the game at five. In the second inning, Scioletti's double to left field gave the Deacons a 7-5 lead and they never looked back.
Appalachian State starting pitcher Taylor Craig took the loss for the Mountaineers. He surrendered eight runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks through two innings of work. He was the first of six Appalachian State pitchers.
The Demon Deacons improved to 1-3 on the season while Appalachian State slipped to 0-6. Wake Forest's seven-game homestand continues on Wednesday afternoon against Liberty. Junior Tim Morley will make his second start while Liberty is expected to send Jason Jones to the hill. It will be Liberty's season opener.