No. 25 Demon Deacon Baseball Trounces Quinnipiac, 11-5
March 14, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest All-American Matt Antonelli was one of four players with two hits, including his ACC best seventh home run, as the No. 25 Demon Deacons trounced Quinnipiac, 11-5, in baseball action from Hooks Stadium Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 14-5, while the Bobcats drop to 0-5.
Antonelli went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a solo home run. The third basemen hit five home runs last season and entered 2006 with seven for his career, but has already equalled that total in just 19 games. The junior added a double and his team-best seventh stolen base.
In the leadoff spot for the first time this season, sophomore Austin Jones went 2-for-4 with two RBI. The left fielder led off the game with a solo home run and later added a sacrifice fly. Redshirt junior Dan Rosaia went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a two-run home run -- his third of the season. Sophomore Andy Goff was the fourth and final Deacon with a multi-hit game. Goff went 2-for-2 with a two-run double and a run scored. Freshman Dustin Hood went 1-for-4 with a two-run single.
Wake Forest starting pitcher Andrew Knox tossed 2.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. The redshirt sophomore struck out two, walked two and did not factor into the decision.
Senior Kip Byrum (1-0) replaced Knox in the top of the third inning and worked out of a jam. After Quinnipiac had already plated three runs to grab a 3-1 lead and had runners on second and third with just one out, Byrum retired the final two Bobcats of the inning. The southpaw then worked a perfect fourth inning to pick up the victory. Byrum pitched 1.2 hitless innings of relief. He did not allow a run and struck out one.
The Demon Deacons tallied three runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to blow the game wide open.
Freshman Tyler Smith pitched 2.0 scoreless innings, but did walk three. Junior Sean Souders went just 0.1 innings and allowed a earned run on two hits. Sophomore Eric Niesen tossed 1.2 innings and allowed a earned run on one hit and one walk. Junior Josh Ellis worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.
Andy Mayer (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Bobcats. The right-handed hurler allowed seven runs, only four of which were earned, on eight hits. He struck out five and walked three.
The Demon Deacons return to action at Hooks Stadium this weekend with a three-game ACC series against Boston College. Game times with the Eagles are 2:30 pm (Friday), 1:00 pm (Saturday), and 1:00 pm (Sunday).
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