Baseball Falls to Florida State 12-11

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest's furious ninth inning rally was not enough to overcome a six run Florida State lead as the 19th ranked Seminoles held on to defeat the 20th ranked Demon Deacons 12-11 on Friday afternoon at Gene Hooks Stadium

With the victory, Florida State improves to 18-7 overall, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Wake Forest falls to 14-5 and 2-1 in ACC play. With the Seminoles holding a 12-6 lead after 8 innings, the Demon Deacons started a ninth-inning rally when Jason Aquilante led off the inning with a single. John Palmieri followed with a double and Ben Danosky walked to load the bases with nobody out. After Will Rikard struck out, Aquilante scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 12-7, and Scott Daeley walked to once again load the bases.

Pinch hitter Ricky Mendez then delivered a bases clearing double to center field to make the score 12-10, and Andrew Riepe, who homered earlier in the game, plated Mendez with a solid single up the middle. Florida State turned to Scott Proctor out of the bullpen to stop the Deacon rally and he responded with a strikeout of Josh Otten for the second out of the inning. Pinch-runner Chase Voshell then advanced to third base on an errant pickoff attempt but Stephen Sullivan struck out to end the game. Proctor picked up his second save of the season while FSU starter Wes Crawford (4-0) earned the win after allowing six runs in six inning of work. Wake Forest starter Mike MacDougal (2-1) took the loss after giving up 10 runs, only six of which were earned, on seven hits and seven walks in 5 1/3 innings. Four Wake Forest errors led to five Florida State unearned runs on the afternoon.

Riepe led the Wake Forest offense with three hits in five at bats and drove in two runs on the day. Palmieri went 2-for-3 to extend his current hitting streak to 13 games.

Wake Forest and Florida State will continue their three game series on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude the series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.