Deacons Shell Western Carolina, 16-4
March 4, 2004
Winston-Salem, N.C. - Tim Morley threw a complete game and the Deacons lined 19 hits as Wake Forest battered Western Carolina 16-4 on Thursday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. The Deacons extended their winning streak to six games and snapped the Catamounts' five-game string of victories.
Wake Forest (6-3) scored in each of the game's first four innings, jumping out to an 11-4 lead. The Deacons got their tenth hit during the third inning.
Morley (1-1) scattered seven hits, struck out two and walked two en route to his third career complete game. He became the first Deacon to throw a complete game since last year when Seth Hill accomplished the feat against Clemson.
Brad Scioletti led the Deacons with four hits and each Demon Deacon in the starting lineup picked up a hit. Five different players doubled including Matt Miller who had a double and a triple. Six Deacons had at least two hits including Nick Blue, Ben Ingold, Steve LeFaivre, Miller, Scioletti and Casey Sterk.
Wake Forest got on the board in the first inning on an RBI single by Scioletti. The Deacons tacked on three more runs in the second and the floodgates opened in the third with five runs.
Ingold extended his hitting streak to 19 games, dating back to last year. That's the longest by a Deacon since Ryan Johnson had a 19-game string that spanned the 2002-03 seasons.
Wake Forest has won six straight home games this week. As a team, the Deacons have hit .380 and five different players have been batting at a .400 clip or better. The Wake Forest pitching staff has a 4.57 team ERA this week, striking out 41 batters against only 12 walks.
The Deacons wrap up their seven-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against Winthrop at 1:30 p.m. Wake Forest will send right-hander Justin Keadle to the hill against the Eagles.