Conway Powers Wake Forest over Saint Peter's
March 2, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Matt Conway recorded his first home run and had four RBIs on Sunday as Wake Forest defeated Saint Peter's by a score of 8-2 at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Conway led Wake Forest (8-4) offensively with the most RBIs in a game for a Wake Forest player this season. The Demon Deacons finished the weekend with three wins after downing Stony Brook and Saint Louis on Saturday.
Saint Peter's (2-5) scored two runs in the top of the fifth but the Demon Deacons shut down the Peacocks offense after that, cruising to the 8-2 victory. Conor Keniry had two RBIs while Will Craig and Jonathan Pryor each had one RBI.
Connor Kaden got the win for the Demon Deacons on the mound as he went five innings while giving up just two earned runs with seven strikeouts, one short of his career high.
Wake Forest got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Grant Shambley singled up the middle and advanced to third on a double from Charlie Morgan. Conway grounded out, driving home Shambley for the initial run. Keniry singled to left center in the next at-bat, plating Morgan to lead 2-0.
Kaden worked out of trouble in the first inning and second, aided by a 6-4-3 double play in the top of the second inning. The Deacs added a third run in the bottom of the second inning as Jonathan Pryor singled to left, scoring Nate Mondou.
Trailing 3-0, Saint Peter's fought back with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Kaden got two strikeouts and a ground out to end the inning with runners on base for the Peacocks, preserving the 3-2 lead.
After Morgan walked in the seventh, Conway homered to left field, making it a 5-2 lead for the Deacs. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Conway singled to score one run and was followed by Keniry and Craig who each brought a run home, extending it to a final 8-2 advantage for Wake Forest.
Connor Johnstone pitched one inning of scoreless relief with a strikeout. Garrett Kelly pitched two solid innings while only giving up one hit and striking out one. Matt Pirro pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the win.
Jon Kristoffersen had the lone RBI for Saint Peter's while pitcher Frank Morris took the loss.
Wake Forest heads on the road with a game at Charlotte on Tuesday at noon before heading to Georgia Tech next weekend for the first ACC series of the season.