Tucker's Grand Slam Propels Deacons to 14-5 Win Over Liberty
Feb. 25, 2004
Winston-Salem, N.C. - J.B. Tucker's grand slam capped a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning as Wake Forest defeated visiting Liberty 14-5 on a brisk Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The Demon Deacons (2-3) trailed the Flames (0-1) by three runs until the sixth inning. The decisive inning began when Brad Scioletti reached on a throwing error. Matt Miller bunted for a hit. After a Ben Ingold sacrifice bunt, Steve LeFaivre had an RBI groundout. Ryder Mathias lined an RBI double down the left field line. After two walks and a pitching change, Matt Antonelli loaded the bases and tied the game at four on an infield single.
That set the stage for Tucker's second home run of the season. The junior transfer from Mississippi State finished the day going 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. Through five games, Tucker leads the team with 10 RBI.
Wake Forest added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Then, in the eighth, the Deacons put the game on ice with a five-run frame that included a three-run blast to left center field by Scioletti.
Brian Bach (1-1) picked up the win in relief of starter Tim Morley. Bach worked three innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with a strikeout. Lee Land pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game.
Liberty took the lead in the top of the first inning with a pair of runs on three infield hits. The Demon Deacons cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second when Steve LeFaivre scored on a passed ball.
Morley, working on a pitch count, lasted four innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Wake Forest hosts Cincinnati for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday afternoon at 2:30 at Hooks Stadium. Justin Keadle will start on Friday against the Bearcats.