Wake Forest Takes Down Rhode Island 9-5
March 12, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior third baseman Mark Rhine went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored to help Wake Forest snap a five-game skid and defeat Rhode Island 9-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons improve to 10-8 overall on the season, while the Rams leave Winston-Salem with a 2-11 record.
Rhine was one of two players to turn in a multi-hit day for Wake Forest, as Evan Stephens went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs.
Nate Jones earned the win in relief, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing just two earned runs. Mark McCoy started the game and struck out five batters without allowing a hit through the first 4.0 innings. McCoy retired the Rams in order in both the second and fourth innings and gave up one earned run.
Rhode Island jumped out on top in the third with two runs without recording a hit. Wake Forest answered, though, with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Kevin Jordan began the inning with an infield single and Rhine laced a ball into left field to put two guys on base. Stephens then followed with a single through the right side that scored Jordan and moved Rhine to third. Rhine would come home a batter later on an RBI ground out by Keniry.
Wake Forest then scored three in the bottom of the fifth inning and would never trail again. After two quick outs, Rhine began the two-out rally with his second single of the day. Rhine moved up a base on a wild pitch and hustled all the way from second base on an infield single by Stephens to score the go-ahead run.
Stephens stole second and Keniry walked before they completed a double steal. On the throw down to third, the ball just trickled into shallow left and Stephens was able to make the game 4-2. Blair scored Keniry a batter later with a single up the middle.
The Rams did not quit, however, and made the score 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning, but the Deacs put three more on the board in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach. Wake Forest did not need a hit in the sixth, as the Deacs drew five walks. Stephens and Keniry each drew bases-loaded walks, and Blair recorded a sacrifice fly.
Rhode Island again scored one run in the seventh inning, but Matt Conway immediately answered with his second home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the inning.
Colin Egan replaced Jones in the top of the ninth inning for Wake Forest and closed out the victory with a scoreless frame.
The Demon Deacons will be right back in action tomorrow when they travel to Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. to play a neutral-site game against Gardner-Webb at 6 p.m.