Wake Forest Drops Series Finale to Kent State, 13-8
Feb. 28, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Anthony Gallas and Travis Shaw each homered for Kent State to lead the Golden Flashes to a 13-8 win against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Kent State improves to 4-3 on the season, winning three of four games in the weekend series. Wake Forest falls to 3-6 with the loss.
Eight of the nine starters for Kent State had at least one hit, while five of the starters had a multi-hit game. Brett Weibley drove in a team-high three runs, while David Lyon went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Gallas and Shaw each added home runs for the Kent State offense. For Gallas, it was his second round tripper of the season, while Shaw hit his fourth homer.
David Starn (1-1) earned his first win of the season for Kent State, allowing three runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. Starn struck out five and walked two men. Wake Forest starter Justin Van Grouw (0-2) received the loss, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits in 3.1 innings. Van Grouw struck out three men.
Mike Murray, Mark Rhine and Mac Williamson each drove in two runs to lead Wake Forest offensively. Murray was 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Rhine had a hit in two plate appearances and drove home two runs. Williamson had a team-high three hits, scored a run and drove in two.
Zach White had an impressive performance in relief for the Demon Deacons, giving up a hit and striking out two in 2.1 innings.
Kent State grabbed an early lead in Sunday's game with three runs in the top of the second. Gallas led off the inning with his second home run of the series, a line drive blast that just cleared the wall in right-center field. Ben Klafczynski reached first after being hit by an 0-2 pitch from Van Grouw. David Lyon reached on a throwing error by Pat Blair that pulled Austin Stadler off the first base bag. Kyle McMillen drove home Klafczynski on a single up the middle to make the score 2-0. Weibley grounded out to short to plate Lyon for Kent State's third run of the inning.
The Golden Flashes extended the lead to seven with four runs in the top of the fourth. Lyon and McMillen led off the inning with consecutive singles to put runners at first and third. Weibley cleared the bases with a double into the right-center field alley to make the score 5-0. A fly out to right field by Jared Bartholomew sent Weibley to third. Jared Humphreys scored Weibley with a triple down the right-field line. Jimmy Rider made the score 7-0 with a single through the left side past the drawn in Wake Forest infield.
Wake Forest got a run back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ryan Semeniuk led off the inning with a single to center field and then stole second with two outs in the inning. Williamson placed a ground ball through the left side of the Kent State infield to score Semeniuk and cut the lead to 7-1.
Kent State answered right back with two runs in the top of the fifth. Klafczynski led off the inning with a single to center field and moved to second on a single by Lyon. Lyon and Klafczynski each moved up a base on a double steal when McMillen struck out swinging. Back-to-back wild pitches allowed Klafczynski and Lyon to touch home plate to extend the lead to 9-1.
Wake Forest added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Steven Brooks led off the inning with a single and moved to third on another single by Murray. Williamson drove in his second run of the day with an RBI infield single. After a pop out to second by Stadler, Carlos Lopez loaded the bases with a single through the left side of the infield. Shane Kroker grounded into a fielder's choice to the second baseman to score Murray to make the score 9-3. Wake Forest had an opportunity to add some more runs, but Blair flied out to center field with two outs and the bases loaded to end the threat.
The Golden Flashes continued to pile on the runs with four runs in the seventh. Humphreys drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. A double down the left field line by Rider scored Humphreys. Shaw followed with a two-run home run to right field to make the score 12-3. Kent State scored its fourth run of the inning on a pinch hit RBI single by Jordan Lucas.
The Demon Deacons struck three times in the bottom of the seventh. Semeniuk and Brooks were each hit by a pitch to start the inning. A double by Murray to the right center field gap scored both base runners to cut the lead to 12-5. A ground out by Williamson to the pitcher advanced Murray to third. Matt Conway scored Murray on a pinch hit RBI single to right field.
Wake Forest closed the scoring with two runs in the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Rhine singled to right center field to score both runners and make the score 13-8.
Wake Forest returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Winthrop. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET) at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
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