Demon Deacons Drop Road Test at Charlotte 5-4
March 5, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, and Wake Forest could only get one run back as the 49ers defeated the Demon Deacons 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Hayes Stadium.
The teams split the season series, with the Deacs falling to 9-5 and the 49ers improving to 9-2.
Matt Conway started on the mound and did not give an earned run through 4.1 innings and also started in the cleanup spot in the order. He went 2-for-4 at the plate, including his first home run of the season.
Jack Carey and Bretty Armour both picked up two hits as well, as both players went 2-for-3 on the day. Conway, Carey and Armour accounted for all six Wake Forest hits.
Charlotte's Hunter May earned the win in relief to improve to 4-0, while Jack Fischer is now 0-3 after suffering the loss.
The Deacs got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Carey came around to score an unearned run. He drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on failed pickoff attempt and came around to score when the Charlotte shortstop booted a grounder hit by Kevin Conway.
Charlotte took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Wake Forest was able to retake the lead with one in the fifth and one in the sixth. Pat Blair brought Armour home in the fifth with an RBI fielder's choice, and Conway put the Deacs on top with his frozen rope over the left field wall in the sixth.
The 49ers tied the game with one more in the sixth inning to knot the game at 3-3 and took a 5-3 lead after a two-out, two-run triple to left center by Shane Basen.
The Demon Deacons nearly tied the game up in the top of the eighth but fell a run short. With two outs in the inning, Conway picked up his second hit of the day with a single through the right side. Charlie Morgan followed with a walk, and Andrew Williams replaced Conway as a pinch runner on second. Carey then doubled down the left field line to score Williams easily, but Morgan was thrown out at the plate on a 7-5-2 relay at the plate to end the inning.
Armour picked up a two-out single in the ninth but he was stranded on base to end the game.
Wake Forest will begin ACC play this weekend when North Carolina comes to town for a three-game series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.