Wake Forest Pounds Kennesaw State in Screentech Opener, 16-0
Feb. 29, 2008
Wake Forest (2-3) used a seven-run second inning and a five-run eighth to dispose of Kennesaw State (4-4), 16-0, in the first game of the Screentech Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala.
After an RBI single from Willy Fox made the score 4-0, Dustin Hood came up with the bases loaded for the second time in the inning and once more the Deacs cashed-in. Hood doubled down the left field line to score Fox and Terry and Wake led 6-0.
The bases remained loaded following a walk to Brett Linnenkohl. Ocheltree kept the theme alive in the inning with the third bases loaded hit, a single through the middle of the infield that scored Hood and Dykstra.
The Deacs led 8-0 after the second inning.
Wake Forest starter Ben Hunter was stoic after the drawn-out bottom half of the second. Facing the top of the Owls' order in the top of the third, Hunter struck out two to end the inning after a lead-off walk.
Hunter recorded 11 strikeouts and gave up no runs and three hits in seven innings worked.
"It was a good day for us," said head coach Rick Rembielak. "We came back after a couple tough losses. Ben Hunter was sharp. We swung the bats well. Overall, we played a very good game. It was very sharp and very upbeat. To start this weekend on a good note like this, I hope that will carry over."
Mark Adzick and Eli Robins assisted Hunter on the first shutout of the season for the Deacs. Adzick and Robins worked an inning apiece.
Ocheltree was 4-for-5 on the game with three RBI and two runs scored. Fox was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Terry added two RBI and scored two runs for Wake.
Three Owl errors led to five Deacon runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Two hits was all Wake needed to expand the lead to 16-0 heading into the ninth.
Kennesaw State starter Kyle Clayton was chased after just one and one-third innings.
The Deacs will face tournament host Troy in a double-header tomorrow starting at 3 p.m. Eastern.