Aggies Steal Series Finale from Deacs 4-0
March 3, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - New Mexico State pitchers Ryan Beck and Casey Collins combined for the shutout, as the Aggies defeated Wake Forest in the series finale 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons won the series by taking the first two of the three-game set and are now 9-4 on the season. New Mexico State leaves Winston-Salem with a 4-8 overall record.
Evan Stephens continued his hot start to the season with two more hits for the Deacs, going 2-for-4 on the day with his first double of the season. For the series, Stephens went 9-for-13 at the plate (.692).
Wake Forest amassed just six hits against the Aggies, as Pat Blair, Matt Conway, Luke Czajkowski and Kevin Conway each had one hit apiece. Matt Conway now has an 11-game hitting streak, while his brother Kevin Conway picked up his first-career hit.
Beck earned the win for NMSU by going 6.0 innings and striking out seven while only allowing three hits. Collins came in to earn the save by pitching 3.0 innings of effective relief, scattering three hits and notching two strikeouts.
As determined before the game, Wake Forest used five pitchers on the afternoon. Justin Van Grouw (1-2) got the loss in the start, allowing two runs in the first two innings. Jack Fischer, Nate Jones, Niko Spezial and Connor Kaden all spent time on the mound as well. Fischer, Spezial and Kaden were all able to keep the Aggies off the board.
The Aggies scored twice in the top of the second and two more times in the top of the sixth. Tanner Rust and Michael Paulson did most of the offensive damage for New Mexico State, as both players had two hits and two runs scored on the day. Two of the Aggies runs came in on wild pitches, and Cody Edwards drove in the other two.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Tuesday for a 12 p.m. game at Charlotte. A live audio broadcast of that game will provided on WakeForestSports.com.