Wake Forest Baseball Drums Xavier, 18-3
Feb. 28, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest blasted five home runs, two each from redshirt junior Brendan Enick and freshman Allan Dykstra, in a 18-3 rout of Xavier Tuesday. With the victory, the Demon Deacons improve to 7-3 on the season and extend their winning streak to five games.
Enick, making his first start since the season-opening doubleheader, belted his second career grand slam in the eight-run fourth inning and added a solo bomb in the eighth. The designated hitter went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and six RBI -- both career-highs. For Enick, the home runs were his first and second of the season and sixth and seventh of his career.
Dykstra, carrying a hot stick after his performance at the Pepsi Baseball Classic this past weekend, continued his torrid stretch. The first basemen went 2-for-4 with his second and third homers of the season, three runs scored and three RBI. Over the last four games, Dykstra is batting a robust .500 (8-for-16) with three home runs and seven RBI.
Redshirt junior Dan Rosaia also had quite an afternoon. The catcher went 2-for-5 with a three-run double and a solo home run. Rosaia is now tied with Dykstra for second on the Deacons with eight RBI.
In all, Wake Forest (7-3) pounded out a season-high 16 hits -- the most since a 23-hit attack against Maryland in last year's ACC Tournament. The five home runs are the most for the Demon Deacons in a single game since they smoked six against Duke on May 17, 2002.
Redshirt sophomore Eric Williams chipped in with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Williams, who leads Wake Forest with 10 RBI, also added three walks and reached base in all six plate appearances. Junior All-American Matt Antonelli went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while freshman Evan Ocheltree went 1-for-5 with a run scored and his first career RBI.
Mark Janszen (0-1) was charged with the loss for Xavier (2-6). The right-hander allowed seven runs, all earned, on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.
The Wake Forest pitching staff, which allowed just four earned runs all weekend in Florida, was solid once again.
Freshman Brad Kledzik (2-0) picked up the victory. The right-hander went 5.0 innings and allowed just one earned run on seven hits. Kledzik struck out three and walked a pair. Senior Kyle Young, freshman Tyler Smith, sophomore Eric Niesen and junior Josh Ellis each tossed one scoreless inning. The quartet surrendered two hits and no earned runs, while fanning six.
Over the Deacons last five games, all victories, the Wake Forest pitching staff has 1.37 earned run average and their opponents are batting just .205. The Deacs have lowered their team ERA from 7.93 to 4.50.
Wake Forest returns to action this weekend for a three-game series against Wright State. The series opener on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Freshman southpaw Garrett Bullock will take the mound for the Demon Deacons.
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