Deacs Comeback to Beat East Carolina 5-4
March 12, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WILSON, N.C. - After nearly a two-hour rain delay, Wake Forest rallied for three runs to defeat East Carolina 5-4 on Wednesday night at Historic Fleming Stadium in Wilson, N.C.
The Demon Deacons (12-6, 2-1 ACC) limited the Pirates (8-9, 1-2 Conference USA) to just four hits and gave up just one hit after the fourth inning to stifle the East Carolina offense.
Matt Pirro started the game for Wake Forest and gave up four runs on three hits while striking out four. Garrett Kelly picked up the win after two innings of work, giving up just one hit and striking out two. Aaron Fossas earned the third save of the season.
East Carolina scored the first three runs of the game in the first inning as Bryce Harman homered to right field putting the Pirates up 3-0.
Wake Forest responded with two runs in the bottom of the second inning as Ben Breazeale walked and advanced to third on an infield single from Kevin Jordan. After a wild pitch put Jordan in scoring position, a throwing error from the shortstop allowed Breazeale and Jordan to score, bringing Wake Forest within one run.
East Carolina added a run in the in the fourth inning to go up 4-2. After a scoreless fifth inning which included a five-pitch outing from John McCarren to record three outs, a rainstorm passed through, causing a one hour and 38 minute rain delay. After the rain delay, Conway singled with one out and advanced to second on an ECU error. Conway then advanced on a groundout and scored on an RBI single from Craig to make it a 4-3 game.
In the seventh inning, Wake Forest plated two runs to take the 5-4 lead. With Grant Shambley on first base, Stephens singled to right field, advancing Shambley to third. Keniry then singled to right, scoring the tying run. With Stephens on third, Morgan sliced through the left side to score the go-ahead run.
Max Tishman pitched a scoreless eighth inning to set up the ninth inning for Fossas who picked up the save in a scoreless ninth.
Harman led ECU with three RBIs while Ryan Williams took the loss for the Pirates.
Wake Forest hosts Clemson this weekend in the ACC home opener. The first game is slated for Friday at 6 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.