Offense Fuels Wake Forest in 12-8 Win over Georgia Tech
March 8, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
ATLANTA - Tied up at 7-7 with Georgia Tech, Wake Forest posted five runs in the top of the eighth and eventually defeated the Yellow Jackets 12-8 on Saturday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Matt Conway recorded three doubles for Wake Forest (11-4, 2-0 ACC) and had three RBIs. With the three doubles in the game, Conway is now tied with Andrew Riepe (1996-99) for fifth all-time in doubles at Wake Forest all-time with 56.
The win guarantees Wake Forest a series win over Georgia Tech (7-7, 0-2 ACC) in Atlanta for the first time since the 2001 season.
The game went back-and-forth and featured several lead changes. Wake Forest led 4-3 after the third but Georgia Tech came back to lead 6-4 in the sixth. After the Deacs tied it in the seventh, the Yellow Jackets took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the frame. Wake Forest then recorded five runs in the eighth and eventually won 12-8.
Will Craig went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two walks. Jimmy Redovian was 2-for-5 with two RBIs while Evan Stephens, Conor Keniry, Jonathan Pryor, Ben Breazeale, Nate Mondou and Jack Carey all had an RBI in the game. Breazeale was 3-for-3 with two walks and Mondou was 2-for-4.
John McLeod went five innings in the game with four strikeouts and only two earned runs with five hits. Aaron Fossas got the win on the mound and went two and two-thirds innings pitched with one earned run and five strikeouts.
Wake Forest scored first in the game as with runners on first and second, Conway belted a double to the fence in right center field, scoring Stephens. The Demon Deacons loaded the bases with one out but Georgia Tech was able to get out of the jam and keep it a 1-0 game.
Georgia Tech tied the game up in the bottom of the second inning off an error, a run which went unearned against McLeod. The Yellow Jackets added two runs in the bottom of the second on a two-RBI double from Matt Gonzalez to go up 3-1.
Wake Forest exploded for four runs in the top of the third inning to go up 5-3. In the top of the frame, Georgia Tech pulled starting pitcher Cole Pitts after a single from Jimmy Redovian and a walk from Morgan. Conway greeted reliever Josh Heddinger with his second double of the day to left center, scoring Redovian. Keniry followed Conway with a ground out to first, scoring Morgan to even the game at 3-3.
Wake Forest took the lead in the inning after Breazeale singled to short and beat the throw at first which scored Conway. Mondou doubled on his first pitch in the next at bat, scoring Will Craig but Breazeale was thrown out at home, ending the inning. Georgia Tech threatened in the fourth and fifth with base runners in each inning but McLeod neutralized the threat from the Yellow Jackets in each frame.
The Yellow Jackets retook the lead in the sixth inning with three runs. Connor Justus scored after a failed pickoff attempt and then Elliott Barzilli doubled to left, scoring two runs, putting Georgia Tech up 6-5.
Wake Forest again rallied in the seventh inning, scoring two runs of sacrifice flies. Pryor and Stephens each had the sacrifice hits to put Wake Forest up 7-6. The Yellow Jackets tied it up at 7-7 in the 7th off an RBI single up the middle and threatened to pull ahead but Aaron Fossas got a strikeout to end the inning and keep the game tied. In the eighth inning Wake Forest again put up a big offensive inning with five runs to blow open the 7-7 game. Morgan singled to open the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Conway then doubled for the third time in the game which plated Morgan to put Wake Forest up 8-7.
Craig added on as he singled down the left field line to bring home Conway to make it a two-run lead. Jack Carey pinch hit in the eighth and singled to right, scoring a run for a 10-7 advantage for the Deacs.
Redovian kept the offense going in the eighth inning as he singled up the middle to plate two runs, making it a 12-7 lead for Wake Forest.
Alex Cruz took the loss for Georgia Tech while Matt Gonzalez and Elliott Barzilli each led the Yellow Jackets with two RBIs.
Wake Forest and Georgia Tech will play at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the finale of the series. The game can be heard live on WakeForestSports.com.