Nine-Run Fifth Helps Wake Forest Beat Valparaiso 13-4
Charlie Morgan belted a pair of triples against Valparaiso.

March 6, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Six Demon Deacons put together multi-hit days and the team recorded a season-best 16 hits, as Wake Forest defeated Valparaiso 13-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest has now extended its winning streak to nine consecutive games and has a record of 10-4. The Crusaders fall to 4-6 on the year.

Carlos Lopez and Brett Armour each had three hits apiece, while Conor Keniry, Evan Stephens, Charlie Morgan and Mark Rhine all collected two hits against Valpo.

After have a career-high eight game hitting streak snapped on Sunday against Marshall, Lopez picked right back up where he left off by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a pair of doubles. Armour also went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Morgan's two hits were both triples, marking the first two of his career and the first two for Wake Forest this season. He also drove in three runs on the day.

Kevin Jordan drove in two runs as well, with one of those RBIs coming in the form of his first-career home run.

Jack Fischer entered the game at the start of the fourth inning and went on to pitch four innings of shutout baseball. He improved to 1-1 on the year, allowed just three hits and struck out one without surrendering a walk.

Valpo scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but only two of those runs were earned thanks to two Wake Forest errors. After the errors occurred, starter Matt Pirro was able to strike out four straight batters, including the leadoff man in the second inning.

The Deacs answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the first, and after the Crusaders took a two-run lead with one in the second, Wake Forest stayed close with one more in the bottom of the second, as well. Mac Williamson had a sacrifice fly RBI and Morgan's first triple plated runs in the first, while Jordan's solo shot came with two outs in the second.

Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, but the Demon Deacons sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game open.

Keniry singled and Stephens walks to get the first two men on board. Two batters later, Morgan's second triple of the game plated both men and gave Wake Forest its first lead of the game at 5-4. Rhine followed with a single to left to score Morgan and make the score 6-4.

James Harris, who walked three times in the game, kept the rally alive with a single through the right side before Armour doubled to left to score Rhine and put two runners in scoring position. A walk by Blair two batters later loaded the bases, and Keniry followed with a walk of his own to bring home a run. Stephens then dropped down a perfect bunt down the third base line for an RBI-single before Lopez doubled to right field to clear the bases and cap off the nine-run inning.

Wake Forest got one more run in the sixth to end the scoring. Rhine led off the inning with a double to left field, and after a single to center from Armour moved him to third, he came home to score on a fielder's choice by Jordan.

The Demon Deacons and the Crusaders will play the second and final game of the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.



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