Wake Forest Makes it 15 Straight with 12-7 Win over NJIT
March 14, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest baseball team matched the 1999 Demon Deacons by winning their 15th consecutive game on Wednesday afternoon, defeating NJIT 12-7 at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With their 15th straight win, the Deacs are now 16-4 through 20 games this season, while the Highlanders drop to 4-6 on the year.
The winning streak is tied for the second-longest in school history, as the 1949 team, led by Gene Hooks, won their first 20 games of the season.
James Harris pounded out three hits for the Deacs, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk. Carlos Lopez, who only played three innings, also had quite the day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs, a run scored and a sacrifice fly.
Stephen Schoettmer made just his third start of the season and took advantage of the at bats by going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, an RBI and his first-career home run.
Wake Forest jumped out to a huge 10-1 lead through three innings that helped set the tone for the day. The Demon Deacons scored three in the first, two in the second and five in the fifth to build the advantage.
Lopez picked up his first RBI of the game in the first when a ground out brought Evan Stephens home and moved Conor Keniry to third base. After a Harris walk, Jack Carey belted an RBI-single up the middle to make the score 2-0. Brett Armour then singled later in the inning to bring home the third run in the first.
With runners on second and third in the second inning, Lopez delivered his second RBI of the game on a sac fly, and Harris followed with an RBI single to center field.
Kevin Jordan began the third by getting hit by a pitch and promptly advancing to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher. He then scored on an RBI-ground out by Armour. After an infield single by Schoettmer, Stephens doubled to deep right center field to score another run.
A single by Keniry set up runners on the corners for Mac Williamson who scored Stephens from third on a ground-ball out. Lopez then blasted his sixth home run of the season and the 36th of his career to cap off the five-run third inning.
The Wake Forest bats were held quiet over the next three innings, while NJIT slowly chipped away and cut the deficit to 10-7 after the top of the seventh inning.
Schoettmer then connected on a home run to left center to help increase the Deacon lead in the seventh, and Harris ended the scoring with an RBI single passed a drawn-in infield in the eighth.
Connor Kaden pitched the fifth inning without allowing an earned run and collecting a strikeout to earn his first-career win. Matt Pirro made the start for Wake Forest and went 4.0 innings, allowed five hits and gave up just one earned run in his outing.
Wake Forest will be back in action this weekend for the first time away from home since the season-opening series at New Mexico State. The Demon Deacons will travel to Raleigh to play NC State for a three-game series over the weekend at Doak Field at Dail Park.