Deacs Stretch Streak to 14 Straight in 14-4 Win Over Georgia Southern
March 13, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest baseball team won its 14th consecutive game in emphatic fashion, defeating Georgia Southern 14-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons are now 15-4 overall, while the Eagles fall to 7-10.
Wake Forest connected on a season-high four home runs to ignite the offensive outburst, including an exciting inside-the-park homer by Evan Stephens. Carlos Lopez, Mac Williamson and Charlie Morgan also smacked home runs for the Deacs.
After missing the last four games due to a minor injury, Williamson returned in style by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a solo home run. Lopez and Stephens both 2-for-3 with two driven in and two runs scored.
Chris Willson improved to 2-0 on the year, setting new career-highs of six innings pitched and six strikeouts. He gave up just five hits and two runs in the victory. Georgia Southern starter Josh Adams took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.
The Demon Deacons hopped out ahead of the Eagles immediately with two runs in the first and three in the second. Blair led off the bottom of the first with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Keniry picked up the first of his sacrifice flies to make the score 1-0, and two batters later, Lopez drove the ball over the left center field fence to build a 2-0 lead.
With one away in the second, Kevin Jordan walked, Stephens laid down a bunt single and Blair walked to load the bases. Keniry then delivered his second sac fly, and Williamson followed with a two-RBI single to right center to give the Demon Deacons all the runs they would need at 5-0.
After a scoreless third inning, Wake Forest broke the game open with five runs in the fourth. The inning started with Stephens' inside-the-park home run that crashed off the wall in right center. The home run was the first of his career and the first inside-the-park home run for Wake Forest since Allan Dykstra accomplished the feat on April 19, 2008 at Virginia.
Keniry was on second and Williamson was on first when Lopez singled to bring home one run and make the score 7-0. Morgan then blasted his first home run of the season to right field, bringing home three more runs and catapulting the lead to 10-0.
Williamson recorded the last of the Deacon homers in the sixth inning, sending a solo shot beyond the left center field wall. Wake Forest then scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth without recording a base hit. The Deacs used bases loaded walks by James Harris and Stephens and a wild pitch to score the runs.
Wake Forest will look to tie the 1999 Demon Deacons' 15-game winning streak tomorrow when it plays NJIT at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.