North Carolina Defeats Wake Forest 7-1 in ACC Opener
March 11, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - North Carolina used a six-run fourth inning to defeat Wake Forest 7-1 in each team's first game of ACC play Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Tar Heels have now won eight straight games and improve to 14-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. Wake Forest falls to 4-9, 0-1.
Freshman Conor Keniry reached base three times on the night, going 2-for-4 and drawing a walk. This marks his second multi-hit game of the season, as he also recorded two hits against LSU on February 19.
Wake Forest relievers Nate Jones and Daniel Marrs completely shut down the Tar Heel offense, allowing just one hit and retiring the final 13 batters of the game. Jones relieved starter Austin Stadler (0-3) in the fifth inning and went 3.1 innings with two strike outs. Marrs came in and then pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth.
The Tar Heels sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and plated six runs to take a commanding lead. They then got one more run in the top of the fifth before Jones came in and quieted the Carolina bats.
Freshman Jack Carey drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh and two batters later Blair smacked a double to right center to drive in Carey from first to give the Deacons their only run of the game.
Patrick Johnson picked up the win for North Carolina and improves to 3-0 after pitching 5.2 innings and striking out nine batters.
The Deacs and the Heels will play Game 2 of the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.