Cooney Strikes Out 10 As Wake Forest Shuts Out Cincinnati, 7-0
Pat Blair recorded his first four-hit game of the season and the fourth of his career.

Feb. 25, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Tim Cooney pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 10 batters as the Wake Forest baseball team defeated Cincinnati 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Cooney (1-1) has now struck out double-digit batters in each of his first two starts, as he fanned 11 New Mexico State batters last Friday night.

Junior Pat Blair recorded four hits and two RBIs while also scoring a run. The Deacs notched 12 hits on the afternoon, including two apiece from Carlos Lopez, Charlie Morgan, and Brett Armour.

The Deacs last shut out an opponent on May 21, 2011, when they defeated Maryland 4-0 on the road.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 3-4 on the season while Cincinnati drops to 0-5. Starter Matt Ring received the loss on the mound for the Bearcats, allowing four runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Cooney struck out the first four Bearcats he faced before the Deacon offense exploded in the second inning. Lopez started the inning with a single to short, and Morgan followed with a single to right center. James Harris then drew a walk on the next at bat to load the bases for catcher Brett Armour.

Armour doubled down the left field line, allowing Lopez and Morgan to score and give the Deacs an early 2-0 lead. Freshman Kevin Jordan then continued the hitting streak for the Deacs, singling on a chopper to first base and earning an RBI as Harris crossed the plate to score.

Two batters later, Blair singled through the left side, allowing Brett Armour to score the fourth and final run of the inning.

Cooney allowed runners on the corners with two outs in the fourth inning, but Justin Glass was caught stealing home after a failed squeeze attempt to end the inning and keep Cooney's scoreless inning streak alive.

After four scoreless innings, the Deacs brought across two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Evan Stephens led off with a base hit up the middle, and Blair followed with a single to advance Stephens all the way to third base. The next batter up for the Deacs, Conor Keniry, drew a walk to load the bases for the Deacs.

Three batters later, Morgan lined a ball into left center field for a two RBI double that brought around both Stephens and Blair to extend the Deacs' lead to 6-0. Wake Forest would pick up one more run in the eighth inning as Armour singled to start things off and eventually moved to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Blair beat out an infield single to bring Armour across the plate for the Deacs' final run of the game.

Sophomore righty Nate Jones entered the game in the eighth in relief for the Deacs, throwing two scoreless innings to help preserve the win for Wake Forest. Jones has yet to allow an earned run in four appearances (5.2 IP).

The Deacs will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when they take on Georgetown in their final game of the Wake Forest Invitational presented by Hilton Garden Inn (Winston-Salem/Hanes Mall). The first game of the day will feature Cincinnati and UMBC at noon.



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