Deacs Win Fourth Straight with 9-8 Victory over UNC Asheville
Feb. 28, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest won its fourth consecutive game, claiming a 9-8 victory over in-state foe UNC Asheville on Tuesday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The win improves the Demon Deacons to 5-4 on the year, while the Bulldogs fall to 6-3. The four-game win streak is the longest for Wake Forest since the Deacs won six in a row from March 29 to April 4 of the 2009 season.
Freshman Matt Pirro (1-1) earned his first-career win after pitching 2.2 perfect innings of relief. He came into the game with one away in the top of the fifth inning and immediately induced an inning-ending double play. He then retired all six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings, including a pair of strikeouts.
Jack Fischer followed Pirro with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Michael Dimock earned his second save of the season by dominating the Bulldogs in the ninth. He needed just 13 pitches to strike out all three batters he faced. Dillon Tabar suffered the loss for UNC Asheville.
With the score tied at 8-8 and nobody on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mac Williamson took the first pitch he saw with one out over the center field wall for the game-winning home run. The homer was his second of the season the 21st of his career.
Evan Stephens was productive from the nine spot in the order, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Carlos Lopez and Charlie also collected two hits on the day, as Lopez was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored and Morgan was 2-for-4 with one driven in and a run scored.
The Bulldogs got on the board first with one run on two hits in the top of the first inning, but the Deacs answered back big in the bottom half of the inning with six runs of their own.
Pat Blair walked, Conor Keniry singled and Williamson walked to load the bases for Lopez. After a balk advanced each runner a base and scored Blair, the Deacs' cleanup batter delivered with a double down the left field line that scored Keniry and Williamson.
Charlie Morgan followed with a double of his own to score Lopez and would move up a base after stealing third. Joe Napolitano walked two batters later to put runners on the corners, and the Deacs went up 5-0 after a wild pitch plated Morgan and moved Napolitano to second.
Stephens picked up his first RBI of the game with two outs in the first, scoring Napolitano from second on a single into left field.
After UNC Asheville made the game 6-3 in the top of the second, Stephens answered again with a double to right field that brought home Napolitano and Kevin Jordan in the bottom of the third to give Wake an 8-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs battled back immediately, though, and put up five runs in the top of the fourth. All five of their runs came after the first two batter of the inning were retired.
Neither team scored in the fifth, setting up Williamson's game-winning blast in the bottom of the sixth.
The Demon Deacons will play four games this weekend at home, with two coming against Eastern Michigan and two coming against Marshall. Wake Forest will face Eastern Michigan on Friday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. and will face Marshall on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.