Wake Forest Beats Maryland 9-6 to Claim 12th Straight
March 10, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest came from behind on two separate occasions to defeat Maryland 9-6 and extend its winning streak to 12 consecutive games on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons last won 12 in a row in 2002, completing the streak from April 7 - April 26 of that season. The win clinches the series for Wake Forest and pushes the Deacs' record to 13-4 on the year and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Maryland is now 11-3 and 0-2 in league play.
Nate Jones earned his second win of the week in 1.2 innings of relief to improve to 2-0 on the year. Closer Michael Dimock came on the eighth and earned the two-inning save for his fifth this season. Maryland reliever Michael Boyden suffered the loss and fell to 2-1.
Morgan and Shambley provided the only RBIs on the day for the Deacons, as the Demon Deacons capitalized on three wild pitches, two errors on pickoff attempts and a double play for their other six runs.
Wake Forest got on the board first with a run in the third inning. Brett Armour led off with a walk and advanced to second on a nice sacrifice bunt by Evan Stephens. Pat Blair then walked to put runners on first and second. After Blair took a sizable lead at first, David Carroll threw the ball past his first baseman and both Deacon runners moved up two bases, allowing Armour to score.
The Terrapins answered with three runs in the fourth on two hits to take a 3-1 lead, but the Deacons cut into the deficit instantly in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin Jordan picked up a two-single into right field that moved Mark Rhine from first to third. Rhine then came home to score on a wild pitch.
Maryland again answered in the fifth with another run to take a 4-2 lead before Wake Forest rallied for three in the bottom half of the inning to take a one-run lead of their own. Three straight infield singles by Stephens, Blair and Keniry loaded the bases, and Morgan delivered a two-RBI single to right to tie the game. One batter later, Lopez scored Keniry from third even though he grounded into a double play.
A single by KJ Hockaday and a homer by Tomo Delp put Maryland back on top in the sixth, but that would be the last time the Terrapins would score.
Rhine and Armour collected the only two hits of the bottom of the sixth for Wake Forest, but the Deacs were able to score on two wild pitches and an errant pickoff throw to first to build an 8-6 lead.
Wake Forest then added an insurance run in the eighth when Shambley singled home Blair from second base on base hit through the right side.
After Jones surrendered the home run in the sixth, he, John McLeod and Dimock combined to retire 11 of the final 12 batters of the game. Dimock sat the Terrapins down in order in the eighth and sat down the first two of the ninth before allowing a walk. He then struck out Ryan Holland to end the game.
Wake Forest and Maryland will play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.