Deacs Down Stony Brook & Saint Louis

March 1, 2014

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest swept the doubleheader on Saturday as the Demon Deacons defeated Stony Brook by a score of 3-2 and downed Saint Louis 4-3.

The Deacs were down by one run in the bottom of the ninth and 13th innings against Stony Brook in the first game and came back each time, eventually winning on a Joe Napolitano RBI-single in the bottom of the 13th.

Against Saint Louis, Will Craig had a solo home run in the first and had a sacrifice fly to score a run while Grant Shambley had an RBI-single to put the Deacs ahead in the seventh. John McLeod went seven innings against the Billikens while only giving up one earned run and striking out five.

Aaron Fossas got the win in the first game and the save in the second game.

Game One Recap:
Wake Forest won a close game with Stony Brook (0-5) in the first game of the twin bill as the Deacs prevailed 4-3 in the 13th inning. It was the fourth walk-off victory for the Demon Deacons this season. Joe Napolitano registered the game-winning single as he sent a hit through the middle to bring home Conor Keniry in a wild finish.

Stony Brook scored first as the Seawolves tacked on two runs in the top of the third inning off an RBI-single and a groundout to score a run.

Starting pitcher for Stony Brook, Brandon McNitt kept Wake Forest off balance in the first few innings of the game, but Wake Forest eventually scored off McNitt in the bottom of the sixth.

Charlie Morgan singled to center field to score Evan Stephens to put the Deacs on the board. Then, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Demon Deacons rallied again to knot the game up at 2-2. With the bases loaded, Garrett Kelly walked to bring in the tying run. Stony Brook though stopped the Wake Forest rally to force it to extra innings.

After three scoreless frames, Stony Brook scored an unearned run off a sacrifice bunt to go-ahead 3-2. Wake Forest once again answered Will Craig singled with one out followed by a single from Keniry to start the 13th. After a walk was issued to Jack Carey to load the bases, Kelly was walked again with the bases loaded to tie the game.

Napolitano singled on a 1-2 pitch up the middle to score Keniry for the winning run, ending the longest game of the season thus far.

Fossas (3-1) earned the win for Wake Forest while Cameron Stone took the loss. Kevin Courtney, Kevin Krause and Joshua Mason each had RBIs for Stony Brook.

Jack Fischer started the game and went six innings with two runs and two walks while striking out four. John McCarren pitched four and two-thirds innings and gave up just three hits and no runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

Game Two Recap:
Wake Forest defeated Saint Louis (3-6) in another tight game as there were a combined 13 hits between the two teams.

Craig hit a solo shot to left center for the first hit and run of the game. Saint Louis knotted the game at one as Mike Vigliarolo singled to center to score a run. Wake Forest went up 2-1 in the fourth inning as Craig flew out to left field, scoring Charlie Morgan on the sacrifice fly.

Saint Louis answered back in the top of the sixth inning as the Billikens scored off an RBI-single from Danny Brennan. The run was unearned for McLeod as he struck out five through seven innings of solid work on the mound.

The Billikens nearly went ahead in the top of the seventh inning as with two outs, Alec Sole singled to left field but Jake Henson tried to score from second but was threw out at the plate on a nice relay throw from Shambley to Craig to Kelly.

With the game still tied at 2-2, Kelly doubled to left field and advanced to third on a singled from Evan Stephens. Shambley then singled to right field, plating Kelly for the go-ahead run.

Parker Dunshee pitched a scoreless eighth while Fossas came on and got his second save of the season.

Damian Rivera took the loss for Saint Louis while James Norwood got the start and pitched five innings while striking out nine batters.

Wake Forest finishes the weekend with a 2 p.m. game against Saint Peter's on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park.



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