Eight-Run First Inning Propels Deacs to 14-1 Win over Aggies
March 2, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored eight runs on six hits in the first inning, and Evan Stephens and Pat Blair were both perfect at the plate to help the Demon Deacons defeat New Mexico State 14-1 on Saturday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
After a 6-1 victory yesterday, the Deacs clinch the series with the win and improve to 9-3 on the year. The Aggies are now 3-8.
Stephens went 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, a stolen base, three RBIs and two runs scored before exiting the game after the fourth inning. Stephens is now hitting .526 with 20 hits on the year.
Blair was able to reach base five times on the afternoon by going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, a double, a run scored and two stolen bases.
Matt Pirro earned his third win in as many starts to remain unblemished on the year. Pirro went 5.0 innings and allowed just three hits while striking out three batters. Mark McCoy and Christian Bartholomew each pitched 2.0 innings to close things out and combined to allow just one hit and strike out three batters.
Stephens began the bottom of the first with a hit, Conor Keniry (1-for-2, 3 BBs) followed with a walk and both players moved up a base on a passed ball. Blair drove both guys in with a double down the left field line to make the score 2-0 and give Pirro all the run support he would need.
Charlie Morgan walked and Conway singled to load the bases before James Harris smoked a ball into right field for a two-run double. Two batters later, Conway came home on an error by the NMSU third baseman.
With two outs, Stephens earned his second hit of the first inning and drove in another run before Keniry capped the scoring in the first with a two-run double to the right center gap.
Rhine put the Demon Deacons up 9-0 in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single that scored Conway.
New Mexico State scored its only run in the top of the third inning to make the score 9-1, but Wake Forest responded with two in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the eighth to keep the game out of reach.
Harris and Rhine each walked in the fourth inning and Stephens followed with a two-out, bases-clearing triple to make the game 11-1. The triple was the first extra-base hit of the season for Stephens.
Joey Rodriguez scored a run in the sixth from third base on a double play, and Joe Napolitano drove in a run later in the inning on an infield single. Jimmy Redovian singled to lead off the eighth and came around to an unearned run to end the scoring.
The Demon Deacons will try to sweep the Aggies tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
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