Deacs Blast Past USC in Series Finale, 18-5
Feb. 26, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest baseball offense kept up its torrid pace in a series-clinching 18-5 victory over Southern Cal at David F. Couch Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.
The win was head coach Tom Walter's 200th at the helm of the Demon Deacons (4-4). He also improves to 628-533 all-time as a head coach.
Gavin Sheets went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, walk and four RBIs. He finishes the weekend series with a .769 average (10-for-13) with two doubles, three homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored.
Wake Forest took advantage of an 11-run third inning in which 15 Deacons came to bat and totaled eight hits, including five doubles. That mark is tied for the fifth-highest scoring inning in program history.
The Trojans (5-2) took all the momentum to start the game, when David Edson walked and Corey Dempster and Lars Nootbaar hit back-to-back homers, but Wake Forest starter Donnie Sellers settled in to record nine straight outs and let the Deacon offense go to work.
Sheets had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to cut the margin to 3-1, then Steel hit a line-drive blast over the left-field wall put Wake Forest in front, 4-3.
The 11-run third inning featured - in order - a Johnny Aiello two-run double, Keegan Maronpot RBI, Nick DiPonzio RBI bunt single, Steel RBI single, Jonathan Pryor RBI double, Mueller RBI single, Sheets three-run double and Ben Breazeale RBI double as the lead increased from 4-3 to 15-3.
Wake Forest capped off its scoring with a Breazeale sacrifice fly in the fifth and Fairchild two-run longball in the seventh.
Sellers finished with five strikeouts, allowing just four hits and a walk in 5.2 innings to earn the win. Holden White, Chris Farish (four strikeouts) and Griffin Roberts all had scoreless outings in relief.
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