No. 4 Virginia Evens Series with 13-5 Defeat of Wake Forest
March 10, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 4 Virginia scored the first 12 runs of the game to cruise to a 13-5 win and even the series with Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The Cavaliers scored one in the first, four in the second and then seven runs in the fifth to roll to their first ACC victory of the season.
The Demon Deacon bats could not get going, as Virginia starter Jacob Thompson held Wake to just two hits through the first four innings.
Wake Forest finally ended the drought with a four-run rally in the fifth. Eric Williams, Nathan Frazier and Brett Linnenkohl had three straight one-out singles to score the Deacons' first run of the game. Austin Jones then followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast to left center.
That was all Wake Forest would get though. The Demon Deacons put at least two runners on base in each of the final four innings but finished with just the one run in the sixth to show for it.
Wake starter Eric Niesen took the loss, his first of the season. Niesen (2-1) lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 11 hits. The lefty walked four and struck out two batters.
Joel Ernst came on for Niesen in Virginia' seven-run fifth and surrendered two unearned runs. For the day, Ernst pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up just the two runs on four hits. He struck out the side in the sixth.
Willy Fox led the offense with three hits, finishing 3-for-4, while Smith went 2-for-4. Dustin Hood saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end, as the sophomore shortstop went 0-for-4.
David Adams led the Cavaliers at the plate, going 5-for-6 with four RBIs. Leadoff man Greg Miclat scored three runs for UVa.
Thompson (5-0) earned the win for the visitors. The righthander pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits. Thompson struck out five and walked two.
Wake falls to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the ACC with the loss. Virginia moves to 16-2 overall, 1-1 in conference play.
The defeat marked the first time this season that the Demon Deacons have lost when committing two or more errors. Wake came into the game a perfect 8-0 when committing multiple defensive miscues. The Deacs finished Saturday with two errors that led to three unearned runs.
Wake Forest and Virginia will play the rubber game of the three-game set on Sunday afternoon. LHP Garrett Bullock (1-0, 5.74) will take the mound for Wake, and LHP Matt Packer (2-0, 2.57) will go for Virginia. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.