Deacons Take Down Penguins & Mountaineers
Feb. 24, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest swept a doubleheader on Sunday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park, defeating Youngstown State 6-5 to begin the day and taking down West Virginia 11-3 in Game 2.
With the pair of victories, the Demon Deacons are now 6-3 on the season.
Jack Carey was the man of the day at the plate, going a combined 4-for-5 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs scored in the two games. His first bomb gave Wake Forest its first lead of the day against Youngstown State, and his second gave the Deacs a 1-0 lead against West Virginia. The homers were his first two of the season.
Nate Jones was the Game 1 winner against Youngstown State in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Matt Pirro picked up the win in Game 2 against West Virginia, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run.
Below are individual recaps of each game.
Youngstown State Recap
Wake Forest overcame a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning and a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Youngstown State 6-5 on a bases-loaded walk by Conor Keniry on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Demon Deacons scored four to take a 4-3 lead. With two outs and Evan Stephens on second and Pat Blair on first, Matt Conway singled to left field to put the first run on the board for Wake Forest. Jack Carey then came in the game as a pinch hitter and belted a 1-2 pitch over the right center field wall to give the Deacs their first lead of the game.
Youngstown State was able to score a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning to reclaim the lead 5-4, and that's where the game stood heading into the bottom of the last.
Joey Rodriguez began the rally with a pinch-hit double down the left field line with one out. After Mark Rhine was hit by a pitch, Brett Armour - who went down in the count 0-2 - sent the ninth pitch of the at bat on a full count into left field to bring Rodriguez home and tie the game. Stephens continued the rally with a single into left to load the bases before Keniry walked on four straight pitches to produce the game-winning RBI.
Nate Jones pitched 2.2 innings of relief without giving up a run and struck out three to earn his first win of the season. Mark McCoy (2.0 IP) started and Connor Kaden (4.1 IP) pitched in long relief, as all five runs for Youngstown State were unearned due to six Demon Deacon errors. Penguin closer Nic Manuppelli suffered the loss.
Stephens was the only Deacon to record multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
West Virginia Recap
Wake Forest exploded for 11 runs on 11 hits and drew nine walks in an 11-3 win over West Virginia to wrap up the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Jack Carey and Conor Keniry each had three hits in the game, while Charlie Morgan added a pair of hits. Pat Blair did not record an official at bat in the game, but walked four times and scored two runs for the Demon Deacons.
Carey was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Keniry went 3-for-5 and scored twice, and Morgan was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Mark Rhine and Brett Armour also drove in two runs apiece to help the Wake Forest offense.
Matt Pirro (2-0) earned his second consecutive win to begin the season, going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run. He scattered four hits and struck out a batter, as well. West Virginia started Dan Dierdorff took the loss to fall to 1-1.
After providing a huge three-run homer in the first game of the day against Youngstown State, Carey struck again and put the Deacs on the board with a solo blast in the bottom of the second inning. The Mountaineers scored one run in the top of the third before the Demon Deacons scored four in the third, five in the fourth and one more in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Morgan singled home two runs with the bases loaded, and Kevin Jordan and Rhine recorded back-to-back bases-loaded walks to account for the scoring in the third inning.
Blair drew a one-out walk to get things going in the fourth. Morgan singled again and Carey walked to load the bases. Joey Rodriguez entered as a pinch hitter and earned an RBI by getting hit with a pitch. Luke Czajkowski also delievered in a pinch-hit role with an RBI single up the middle before Rhine drove in another with a fielder's choice in the infield.
The fifth inning scoring was capped with a two-run double to right field by Armour.
Carey drove in the final run of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to right, scoring Keniry who reached on an infield hit, advanced to second on an overthrow and moved to third on a passed ball.