Wake Forest Drops 10-3 Decision to Northwestern
R-Fr. Jack Carey hit a home run on his first-career hit Saturday night.
R-Fr. Jack Carey hit a home run on his first-career hit Saturday night.

Feb. 26, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Northwestern scored six runs in the first two innings to set the tone early and defeat the Wake Forest baseball team 10-3 Saturday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

After the game, each team stands at 2-4. Both starters earned the decision, as Northwestern's Luke Farrell moves to 2-0 on the year and Wake Forest's Brian Holmes is now 0-1. Farrell went six innings, allowed one earned run and struck out six batters. Despite giving up six earned runs, Holmes was able to strike out nine batters of the 10 outs he recorded in 3.1 innings.

Jack Quigley picked up his first save of the season for the Wildcats in three innings of relief.

Freshman James Harris and sophomore Matt Conway both had multi-hit performances, each going 2-for-4 during the game. Conway picked up his second double of the season, while Harris extended his hitting streak to five games and drove in one run.

Redshirt freshman Jack Carey drove in the Deacons' other two runs when he sent his first-career hit over the right field wall with sophomore Mac Williamson on base. Williamson had reached earlier in the inning with a base hit to center field, improving his hitting streak to five games.

Northwestern collected 10 hits through the first five innings to take a commanding 10-0 lead before Wake Forest was able to get on the board. The Wildcats scored four in the first and two in the second before benefitting from four unearned runs in the fifth.

The Demon Deacons were finally able to push one across the plate in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Pat Blair singled up the middle and reached second on a wild pitch before Harris drove him home with a sharply hit ball through the right side of the infield. Carey's two-run home run in the ninth punctuated the scoring for the Deacs.

The Wake Forest bullpen put together another solid outing, as Nate Jones, Niko Spezial, Daniel Marrs and Justin Van Grouw did not allow an earned run in 5.2 innings of action. They gave up just four hits and combined to strike out five batters.

The Demon Deacons will play again tomorrow night at 6 p.m. when they host Georgetown at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.