Conway's Two Homers Lead Wake Forest to 11-1 Win over UNC Greensboro
March 1, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sophomore Matt Conway hit his first two home runs of the season and drove in four runs, and the Wake Forest pitching staff surrendered just three hits en route to an 11-1 victory over UNC Greensboro Tuesday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The victory pushes Wake Forest to .500 with a 4-4 record, while the Spartans drop to 4-4.
The Deacons turned in their best offensive performance of the year with season-highs of 11 runs and 12 hits.
Conway ended the game 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored, while senior Steven Brooks also cracked his first homer of the season, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Freshman Charlie Morgan turned in the first three-hit game of his career, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a game that he came off the bench. Junior Carlos Lopez and sophomore Pat Blair also recorded multi-hit games, each collecting two hits.
Sophomore starting pitcher Justin Van Grouw earned his first victory of the year and improved to 1-1 after throwing 6.2 innings of one-run baseball. The righty allowed just two hits, walked one batter and struck out four Spartans.
UNCG got on the board first in the top of the second on an RBI single by Bobby Martin, but the Deacs scored 11 unanswered, starting with a solo home run by Conway in the bottom of the second.
Wake Forest batted around for the first time of the season in the bottom of the third and pushed four runs across the plate to take a 5-1 lead. Freshman Zane Yanzick led off the inning with an infield single, and Blair doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Brooks drew a walk to load the bases for Conway, and the Deacon first baseman drilled a fly ball to left center that was caught at the warning track to sacrifice Yanzick home from third and move Blair and Brooks up a base.
A wild pitch from Spartan starter Brandon Browne (0-1) brought Blair home and moved Brooks up to third before a four-pitch walk to sophomore Mac Williamson put runners on the corners. Lopez was then hit by a pitch to again load the bases full of Deacons. In his first plate appearance of the game, Morgan sent a ball through the left side to plate Brooks and Williamson and end the fourth inning scoring.
Wake Forest put two more runs on the board in innings number four, six and eight. Conway did more damage in the fourth when he jacked a two-run shot over the left center field wall to bring home Blair who singled earlier in the inning.
Freshman James Harris walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth, and two batters later, Brooks hit his first homer of the season over the left field wall to make the score 9-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Williamson had an RBI ground out to score senior Ryan Lloyd, and Lopez came up with an RBI single to left that scored freshman Evan Stephens. Lloyd and Stephens drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning before coming around to score.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action this weekend when they host three teams. Wake Forest will play Fordham on Friday, Towson on Saturday and Radford on Sunday. All three games are scheduled for 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.