Wake Forest Holds Off Charlotte 8-7
March 4, 2003
Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The 11th-ranked Wake Forest baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-7 victory over visiting Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The Demon Deacons (6-3) erased deficits of 3-0 and 5-4 to rally for the one-run victory. Brad Scioletti's solo homer to lead off the sixth inning gave Wake Forest its first lead at 6-5 and in the seventh, Jamie D'Antona's double that scored Ryan Hubbard proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Charlotte (4-4) jumped out front with three unearned runs in the first inning off Hill, thanks to two Deacon errors. Wake Forest scratched a run across in the third on a Steve Malinowski RBI single. The Deacons tied it at three on D'Antona's two-run homer in the fourth.
The 49ers reclaimed a lead in the fifth inning with a two-run home run by Thomas Bowker. In the bottom half of the inning, Wake Forest tied it at five when Ryan Hubbard doubled with two outs, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.
Scioletti and Doug Riepe launched back-to-back home runs, the second of the season for both players, to give Wake Forest a 7-5 lead.
Charlotte continued to threaten when Brad Erwin hit an eighth-inning two-run home run, the fifth homer of the game. That prompted the Deacons to call on Davidson to close the door. The Huntsville, Ala., native, got the final six outs, including three strikeouts, to end the game.
Hubbard finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases to give him an Atlantic Coast Conference-leading 11 thefts. D'Antona had two hits and drove in three runs and Scioletti finished the day with two hits. Hill allowed four earned runs, seven total, through seven innings on 11 hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Wake Forest continues its homestand on Thursday against Albany. First pitch is set for 2:30 and Brian Bach will take the hill for the Demon Deacons.