Deacs Cruise to 8-2 Win Over Mount St. Mary's
Garrett Kelly struck out three batters in 2.0 innings.
March 2, 2016

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest drew a season-high 14 walks on their way to an 8-2 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday evening at David F. Couch Ballpark. That total is the most by Wake Forest since also recording 14 on April 2, 2014 against High Point.

Demon Deacon (6-2) pitchers also struck out 14 batters, a season-high.

Leadoff man Jonathan Pryor reached base five times in five plate appearances, drawing four walks and scoring a run.

Aside from the walks, left fielder Kevin Conway continued his hot start to the season, recording two doubles and an RBI. Catcher Ben Breazeale also added RBI singles in the first and second innings.

On the mound, right-hander Christian Bartholomew made his first start of the season and fired three innings of one-run ball on his way to his second win of the season.

After Bartholomew exited, five Wake Forest relievers combined to throw six innings of one-hit, one-run ball, with 12 strikeouts. Parker Johnson and David Peljovich were especially effective, combining to strike out seven consecutive batters from the seventh through ninth.

Wake Forest led the entire way, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings. Three of those six runs came by way of bases-loaded walks, including two by sophomore Stuart Fairchild.

The Deacs added runs in the third and fourth, as Kevin Conway and Gavin Sheets tallied RBI doubles.

Garrett Kelly also struck out three batters in 2.0 scoreless innings of work. Logan Harvey added his first collegiate hit, a double down the left-field line, while Peljovich, Ben Casstevens and Jake Mueller each made their first game appearances in the Old Gold & Black.

Mount St. Mary's (0-4) added their only runs of the game on RBI doubles in the second and seventh innings.

Up next, the Demon Deacons continue their five-game homestand against Saint Peter's on Thursday at 4 p.m.