Smith's Walk-Off Home Run Gives Wake Forest 9-7 Win Over Charlotte
Feb. 27, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tyler Smith's two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning gave Wake Forest a 9-7 comeback win against Charlotte Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
In his first at-bat of the season, Smith capped a rally that saw the Demon Deacons score seven unanswered runs over the final five innings. Wake (5-3) dug itself an early 7-2 hole but fought back to post its fifth win of the season.
Charlotte (7-3) scored seven runs over the first five innings before four Wake Forest relievers combined to hold the 49ers scoreless over the final five frames.
The `Niners got to Deacon starter Alex Wiesner early, tacking up three runs in the top of the first. Chris Taylor's two-run homer to left center capped the inning for Charlotte.
Two innings later, Charlotte added to its lead, as a wild pitch and an RBI double brought a pair of runs across.
The Deacons added a second run to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the fourth when Eric Williams' RBI groundout scored Dustin Hood, who had led off the inning with a double.
The 49ers pushed their lead to 7-2 with two more runs in the fifth. That was all the visitors would get the rest of the way, though, as Joel Ernst, Kirby Wedekind, Matt Hammond and Ben Hunter combined to allow just two hits over the final five innings.
After Wake scored a single run off an Austin Jones RBI groundout in the sixth, the Demon Deacons put four runs across the plate in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Brett Linnenkohl, Ben Terry, Allan Dykstra and Dustin Hood each had an RBI in the rally.
That set the stage for Smith's heroics three innings later. Eric Williams led off the bottom of the tenth with an infield single and moved up a base on an Andy Goff groundout. Smith, who had just entered the game in the top of the tenth, launched a pitch from Bryan Hamilton into the trees behind the right field fence, sending the Deacs home with their first extra-inning win of the season.
Hunter (1-1) picked up the win in relief. The junior gave up one hit and one walk in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Wiesner went four innings in his second start of the season. The freshman lefty allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits. Wiesner threw three wild pitches but walked none.
Linnenkohl, Fox, Hood and Goff led Wake Forest at the plate with two hits apiece. Dykstra extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single in the sixth.
The Demon Deacons return to action this weekend when UNC Wilmington comes to town for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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