Wake Forest Takes Down Maryland, 5-4, in 11 Innings
March 15, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Eric Williams' based-loaded single in the 11th inning sent Wake Forest to a 5-4 defeat of Maryland in the second game of the weekend series Sunday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The conclusion of the game had been suspended from Saturday due to heavy rain and storms in the area. The contest picked up at the start of the 10th inning on Sunday.
The Deacons were unable to win the game in the 10th despite putting runners on the corners with two outs.
Wake got the job done in the 11th, however, courtesy of Williams, who came into the game with just one at-bat on the season. Tyler Smith led off the frame with a single. Ben Terry sacrificed Smith to second, and Nathan Frazier came on to pinch run for Smith.
After a walk to Dustin Hood, Willy Fox grounded out to first to move the runners up a base. Maryland intentionally walked Allan Dykstra to load the bases for Williams, who came on as a pinch hitter in the 10th. Williams worked the count to full before slapping a single through the right side for the game-winning hit.
With the win, the Deacs evened the season series at a game apiece and moved to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. The Terrapins dropped to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the ACC.
Reliever Brad Kledzik (1-1) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Kledzik came on to start the 10th and held Maryland to just one hit while striking out four on the day.
Wake Forest had battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, only to see Maryland tie the game in the eighth. The two teams went scoreless over the eighth and ninth innings before rain forced the suspension to Sunday. Fox almost gave Wake a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday, but his drive to rightfield was knocked down by the steady rain just short of the wall.
Ocheltree put the Deacons on the board first with a solo home run in the second inning. Ocheltree launched a 1-2 pitch from Maryland starter Ian Schwalenberg to rightfield for his third homer of the season.
Maryland took the lead with three runs the following frame. Joe Palumbo and Steve Braun reached on back-to-back singles to start the inning. Jensen Pupa followed with a double off the wall in left to drive in Palumbo. Chad Durakis then grounded a single up the middle to bring in two more.
After working his way out of the third, Wake starter Garrett Bullock settled down to retire the next nine batters in order. The Deacons, though, were unable to put any runs on the board during the stretch.
However, as soon as the rain showed up in the sixth so did the Wake Forest bats. The Deacs rallied for three runs to re-claim the lead at 4-3. Dykstra and Mike Murray started the rally with back-to-back singles to center, chasing Schwalenberg from the game.
One out later, Goff grounded a double down the leftfield line off reliever Brett Tidball to score Dykstra. Steven Brooks followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Murray and tying the game 3-3. Smith kept the rally alive, driving in the go-ahead run as he beat out an infield single up the middle.
Maryland tied the score with a run in the seventh. The Terps loaded the bases on reliever Phil Negus with no outs. Negus rebounded to get out of the jam with just a sacrifice fly doing damage. He got Nick Jowers to strike out looking to end the inning and strand runners at second and third.
That was the end of the scoring on Saturday for both teams as neither could muster much offense in the rainy conditions.
The game picked up under sunny skies on Sunday, and both squads threatened immediately in the 10th inning. Maryland put the leadoff man on in the inning, but Kledzik was able to shut the door on a would-be rally.
Wake Forest had its leadoff man in the bottom half of the 10th and then put runners at the corners with two outs. However, Brad Taylor induced an inning-ending groundout.
Taylor (1-2) took the loss with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Taylor gave up one run on two hits and a pair of walks.
Bullock pitched seven strong innings in the no-decision. The lefty allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Negus pitched three innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on three hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Ocheltree (10 games), Hood (9 games) and Dykstra (8 games) each extended their respective hitting streaks. Ocheltree and Hood now hold career-long streaks.
Schwalenberg went five innings for Maryland but did not factor in the decision. The righthander surrendered three runs, all earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Reliever Brett Jones held Wake scoreless over three innings, allowing just one hit during the stretch.
RHP Charlie Mellies (0-2, 6.23) will start for the Deacons in the rubber game of the series on Sunday. RHP Jensen Pupa (0-2, 6.14) is set to go for the Terrapins.
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