UNC Wilmington Avoids Sweep with Extra-Inning Defeat of Wake Forest
March 4, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest battled back from an early six-run deficit but couldn't pull it out in the end, falling to UNC Wilmington 16-11 in 12 innings Sunday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The Demon Deacons scored seven runs combined in innings seven, eight and nine to overcome an 11-4 deficit. However, Wake couldn't take advantage of a bases loaded situation in the 10th and eventually succumbed to a five-run UNCW rally in the 12th.
The Seahawks avoided a series sweep largely due to their nine-run fourth inning. UNC Wilmington brought 14 batters to the plate in the inning, using eight hits to score nine earned runs off Wake's Garrett Bullock and Phil Negus. Eight of the runs were charged to Bullock and one to Negus.
The rally erased an early 3-0 Wake Forest lead after the Deacs scored two in the first and one in the third.
The Demon Deacons added a run in the sixth, but the Seahawks got it back with a score in the top of the seventh.
Trailing 11-7 heading into the final three frames, Wake Forest scored two in each the seventh and eighth and then plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
The game-tying rally was capped by Tyler Smith's two-out, pinch-hit single. Smith and the Deacs were down to their last strike, but the left-handed hitting sophomore dumped a 2-2 pitch into left field to score Andy Goff and Allan Dykstra.
Wake had a golden opportunity to win the game in the 10th, loading the bases with one out. However, back-to-back fly outs to center ended the threat.
UNC Wilmington took advantage of the extra life in the 12th. After Ben Hunter had held the Seahawks at bay for the previous two innings, they got to the junior reliever with five runs in the 12th to escape with the victory.
Hunter (1-2) suffered the loss for Wake Forest, pitching three innings of relief. The righthander gave up five runs, all earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Bullock started the game for the Deacs but only lasted 3 2/3 innings. The left allowed eight runs, all earned, on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Kirby Wedekind pitched two innings of scoreless relief and only allowed one hit.
After reaching base in all five plate appearances on Saturday, Brett Linnenkohl extended the streak to seven-straight appearances on Sunday. Linnenkohl had a walk and a double in his first two trips to the plate before being retired on a lineout to left in his third. Linnenkohl finished the game 1-for-5 with two runs scored.
For the game, the Demon Deacon offense left 16 runners on base.
Allen Flood (3-0) picked up the win for UNC Wilmington. Flood blew the save opportunity in the ninth but held Wake scoreless in the extra frames. He pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits.
Steve Halford led the Seahawks at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Halford also had the game-winning double in the 12th.
The loss snaps Wake's four-game winning streak and moves the Deacs to 7-4 overall. UNCW leaves town with a 6-9 overall mark.
The Demon Deacons will look to start a new winning streak on Tuesday against Gardner-Webb. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium. Wake Forest will also host High Point on Wednesday before opening up ACC play next weekend at home against Virginia.