Wake Forest Improves to 5-0 with 15-3 Win over Appalachian State
Feb. 24, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored nine runs in the first four innings of the game and freshman Daniel Marrs threw five scoreless innings in the first start of his collegiate career as the Demon Deacons downed Appalachian State 15-3 on Tuesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 5-0 on the season, the team's best start to a season in 11 years. Appalachian State suffers its first loss of the season to drop to 3-1.
Making his first collegiate start, Marrs allowed just two hits and no runs in five innings of work to pick up the win. Marrs struck out six batters and allowed five bases on balls. Gabe Feldman and Greg Young each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Ryan Semeniuk led Wake Forest offensively with a career-high three hits and three runs scored. Dustin Hood, Shane Kroker and Weldon Woodall each added two hits. Austin Stadler had a game-high three RBIs.
The Demon Deacons struck first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hood led off the inning with a walk and Kroker followed with a single to center, sending Hood to second. Mike Murray reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, which scored Hood and sent Kroker to third. After Evan Ocheltree struck out looking, Woodall doubled to left-center field to score Kroker. A double by Stadler to right center scored Woodall and Murray and gave the Deacs a 4-0 edge.
Wake Forest added three more runs in the second. Semeniuk led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. A bunt single by Hood move Semeniuk to third. Semeniuk scored Wake's fifth run of the game on a wild pitch, while Hood moved to second. Kroker followed with a single to left center to scored Hood and make the score 6-0. Ocheltree doubled to left-center field to score Kroker and give Wake a 7-0 advantage.
The Deacs added a run each in the third and fourth innings. With one out in the third, Semeniuk singled to left center and promptly stole second. Hood singled to left-center field to score Semeniuk and extend the lead to 8-0. In the fourth, Ocheltree led off the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by ASU shortstop Nick DeRose. Woodall reached on an infield single, which moved Ocheltree to third. Stadler reached on a fielding error by DeRose to score Ocheltree.
Appalachian State scored its first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, catcher Jerod Faggart was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout by Zack Briggs, Faggart went to second on a wild pitch and scored on DeRose's single to right field.
The Mountaineers added another run in the top of the seventh on Chris Alessandria's first home run of the season to make the score 9-2.
The Deacons answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Semeniuk drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch. After Hood was hit by a pitch, Semeniuk moved to third and Hood moved to second on a double steal. In his first collegiate at bat, Bentley Heyman singled to left-center field to score Semeniuk and Hood and give Wake Forest an 11-2 edge.
ASU scored its final run in the top of the eighth inning. The first three batters of the inning reached on bases on balls. Feldman came in to relieve Eli Robins and forced DeRose to ground into a double play to quell the rally. The double play scored Rand Smith to cut the lead to 11-3.
Wake Forest closed out the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ocheltree opened the inning with a walk and moved to second after Stadler was hit by a pitch with one out. A single by Lopez scored Ocheltree for Wake's 12th run of the game. Stadler advanced to third and Lopez moved to second on a wild pitch. In his first at bat at Wake Forest, Ryan Lloyd sent a 3-2 pitch into left center to score Stadler and Lopez and extend the lead to 14-3. A bases loaded walk to Ian Tomkins scored Lloyd for Wake's final run of the night.
Freshman Ryan Arrowood suffered the loss for Appalachian State, allowing four runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Wake Forest is back in action on Friday at 6 p.m. (ET) when it hosts Miami (OH) in the Wake Forest Baseball Tournament presented by Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn.