Deacs Blank Valpo 3-0 for 10th Straight Win
James Harris hit his first home run of the season to put the Deacs up 1-0 in the second inning.

March 7, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sophomore Nate Jones picked up his first-career win on the mound and helped Wake Forest record its second shutout of the season, as the Demon Deacons defeated Valparaiso 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

The victory extends Wake Forest's winning streak to 10 consecutive games and improves the Deacs' record to 11-4 on the year. The Crusdaers are now 4-7.

Jones (1-0), who was making just his second-career start, pitched brilliantly through six innings by scattering five hits and not allowing a walk. He threw just 62 pitches, 47 of which were in for strikes, and did not face a three-ball count all game. Jones only went to a two-ball count against three Valpo batters.

Niko Spezial, Daniel Marrs and Michael Dimock combined to pitch the final three innings for Wake Forest and preserve the shutout. Spezial and Marrs each pitched 0.2 innings, while Dimock pitched the final 1.2 innings and struck out three Crusaders to earn his fourth save of the season.

Valparaiso's Kyle Wormington also had a fine day on the mound, pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs, but the Crusader righty suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.

James Harris and Kevin Jordan combined for half of the Demon Deacons' eight hits, each going 2-for-3 on the day. Harris ended the day with a home run, a double, a walk and two runs scored.

Evan Stephens, Pat Blair, Charlie Morgan and Mark Rhine all recorded a hit, as well.

Harris got Wake Forest on the board in the bottom of the second when he smacked a solo home run over the right center field wall with two outs. The home run was his first of the season.

One inning later, the Deacs added another run to take a 2-0 lead. Blair led off with a double and moved to third on a single to center field by Morgan. Two batters later, Blair came home to score when Conor Keniry hit a sacrifice fly out to left field.

Neither team scored in innings four through seven, but Wake Forest was able to get an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth to make the lead 3-0. Harris got his second two-out hit of the game when he doubled to deep left center field and came around to score when a Rhine grounder went between the legs of the Valpo shortstop.

Wake Forest will open up ACC play this weekend when Maryland comes to town for a three-game series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Demon Deacons and the Terrapins will play on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.



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