Wake Forest Hammers Penn State, 15-4
March 2, 2008
Dothan, Ala. - A four-run third inning and a six-run seventh propelled Wake Forest to a 15-4 win over Penn State Sunday in the Screentech Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala.
First baseman Evan Ocheltree was 3-for-6 with 6 RBIs and one run scored.
The Deacs went 3-1 in the round robin tournament, improving to 4-4 on the season. Wake outscored its opponents 39-8 on the weekend.
Penn State threatened in the bottom of the second, but Wake Forest starter Mark Adzick worked out of a bases loaded jam after the Nittany Lions plated one run to cut the Deacon advantage in half.
The Deacs increased their lead in the top of the third thanks to RBI singles from Hood and Mike Murray.
Ben Terry led-off the inning with a double and Steven Brooks followed with a double of his own to score Terry and give the Deacs a 3-1 advantage. After Allan Dykstra walked to put runners on first and third, Murray singled to center field to score Terry.
With two outs, Hood's Texas leaguer scored Dykstra and Murray to provide the Deacs' pitching staff with a 6-1 lead.
It was Ocheltree providing the spark once more in the top of the seventh. His triple scored Hood and Linnenkohl and opened an 11-3 lead. The hit followed Murray's 2 RBI single with one out.
"Coming back after yesterday was difficult. I just wanted to get in there and see the ball well, stay on top of the ball and hit line drives," Ocheltree said. "We wanted to win this one and get three out of four for the weekend. It was a good trip for us."
Ocheltree ended his offensive onslaught with a single in the top of the eighth; his third 2 RBI hit of the day.
Joel Ernst got the win for Wake. He pitched one and one-third innings of effective relief. Adzick went two and two-thirds innings, recording five strikeouts.
Reliever Brandon Johnson faced eight batters in two innings worked and gave up no runs on two hits.
Wake will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to face Winthrop Tuesday at 6 p.m.