Wake Forest Knocks Off Charlotte 8-4
Feb. 27, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Luke Czajkowski hit his first-career home run and recorded his first multi-hit game, and Brett Armour added a two-run homer in Wake Forest's 8-4 win over Charlotte on Wednesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The win improves the Demon Deacons to 7-3 on the year, which is the best 10-game start to a season that Wake Forest has put together since 2007. That year, the Deacs went 34-29 and earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals. The loss drops Charlotte to 4-2.
Czajkowski was one of three Deacons to collect two hits, as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Evan Stephens went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Matt Conway went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.
Armour was 1-for-3 at the plate with a two-run homer, while Pat Blair reached base four times and scored two runs by drawing three walks and getting hit by a pitch.
Justin Van Grouw earned the win on the mound to improve to 1-1 on the year, pitching 6.0 strong innings. Van Grouw struck out a career-best seven batters, scattered five hits and allowed just one run to cross the plate. Charlotte used nine pitchers on the day with Micah Wells (0-1) taking the loss.
Jack Carey helped the Demon Deacons get on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Stephens, who led off the inning with an infield single.
Charlotte tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning on its own sacrifice fly, but Wake Forest scored at least one run in each of the next four innings to take the lead for good.
With one away in the bottom of the fourth, Czajkowski sent a missile over the left field wall for his first-career bomb and gave the Demon Deacons a 2-1 advantage.
Wake Forest then got two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Conway drove in both runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded single to put the Deacs up 4-1. Wake Forest took a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth on Armour's two-run blast to left field, scoring Conor Keniry.
The 49ers added a run in the top of the seventh to make the game 6-2 before the Deacs added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Charlie Morgan hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score Blair and also moved up the other two runners. Czajkowski followed with a ground ball to third base that brought Joey Rodriguez home to score.
Wake Forest will have a day off before getting back to the field on Friday to begin a three-game series at home with New Mexico State. Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.