Ocheltree, Wild Pitch Give Wake Forest 6-5 Walk-Off Win Over High Point
March 7, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Evan Ocheltree tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to give Wake Forest its second last-at-bat win in as many days, as the Demon Deacons defeated High Point 6-5 Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The extra-inning victory, Wake's second of the season, followed yesterday's 5-4 win over Gardner-Webb that saw the Deacons score five runs in the bottom of the ninth.
On Wednesday, Wake Forest battled back from deficits of 2-0 and 5-4. Ocheltree completed the comeback win all on his own in the 10th inning. The sophomore rightfielder tripled to lead off the frame, sliding headfirst into third just ahead of the tag.
With Weldon Woodall at the plate looking for the game-winning RBI, High Point reliever Tom Boleska did the job instead. The righthander uncorked a wild pitch over Woodall's head, and Ocheltree raced home uncontested for the score.
"It was a good job by Evan to get an extra base hit," said head coach Rick Rembielak. "He was taking a chance getting to third base, and he made it just be the skin of his teeth. That's good situational baseball. It was fortunate for us that we got the wild pitch."
"I hadn't had a good day at the plate all day long," said Ocheltree. "I was just trying to get the bat on the ball, and he (Boleska) hung a breaking ball. I actually shortened my lead at third just in case, but when the fastball got back there I went."
The victory was the Deacs fifth final-inning win of the season and their fourth walk-off win.
The Wake Forest bullpen held High Point to just one hit over the final five innings to give the Deacon offense a chance late. Phil Negus, Josh Ellis and Ben Hunter combined to hold the Panthers at bay in relief of starter Alex Wiesner.
Hunter (2-2) earned the victory after getting himself out of a jam in the top of the 10th. High Point put runners on second and third with one out, but Hunter got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.
Ellis extended his season scoreless inning streak to 10 with two innings of relief against the Panthers. Ellis did not allow a hit while striking out two.
Negus pitched two innings of scoreless relief as well. Negus did not surrender a hit but walked two batters.
In his third start of the season, Wiesner allowed five runs, four earned, on 11 hits in five innings of work. The freshman lefty struck out three and walked one in the no-decision.
High Point broke a scoreless tie with two runs off Wiesner in the third inning. The Panthers led off the inning with back-to-back singles and then scored the runners on an RBI groundout and a double to center.
The margin was short-lived, though, as the Panthers came back to re-take the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. High Point had three hits in the inning and took advantage of a hit-batsman and a Wake fielding error to score the runs off Wiesner.
The Demon Deacons got the tying run in the bottom of the frame when Hood's sacrifice fly to left scored Willy Fox, who led off the inning with a single and then advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt.
Jones, Hood, Woodall and Eric Williams all had two hits each for the Deacons. Hood, who finished the day 2-for-4, extended his hitting streak to seven games with a lead-off single in the second. Jones was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Wake Forest returns to action this weekend, opening ACC play against No. 4-ranked Virginia. On Friday, Brad Kledzik (1-1, 4.32) will take the mound for the Deacs, and Sean Doolittle (4-0, 1.17) will go for the Cavaliers.