Demon Deacon Baseball Falls 9-5 at NC State
March 16, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior Mac Williamson mashed his fifth homer of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Wake Forest baseball team dropped a tough 9-5 game to host NC State on Friday, March 16 at Doak Field at Dail Park.
With the loss, the Demon Deacons' 15-game winning streak comes to an abrupt halt as the team dropped to 16-5 overall and 3-1 in the ACC.
NC State improved to 13-3 and 3-1 in the conference behind a strong start from Ethan Ogburn, who fired 5.1 innings of three-run ball and improved to 2-1 on the year.
Wake Forest starter Tim Cooney gave the Deacons 5.1 innings and recorded four strikeouts. The junior left-hander fell to 3-2 on the season with the loss.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first three frames as the Wake Forest bats were quiet until the fourth inning when Mac Williamson launched a solo homer to deep left field. The Wolfpack then tacked on two more in the bottom half of the fourth to lead 5-1.
Junior Mark Rhine led off the fifth with a double down the left field line, advancing to third on a groundout, before scoring on another groundout to third base.
The Deacs got within two, 5-3, in the sixth as Pat Blair crossed the plate on a groundout by Williamson, but a four-run sixth by the Wolfpack would prove to be the difference in the game.
Wake managed another two in the top of the ninth and threatened to rally, loading the bases with no outs.
The first WFU run crossed on a Charlie Morgan single to right, plating Carlos Lopez. The Deacs, trailing by five, then loaded the bases with no outs in their final at-bat. Evan Stephens was hit by a pitch to make it 9-5, but NC State's Chris Overman induced a game-ending double play to put the game to bed.
The Deacons and Wolfpack will meet again for the second part of a three-game series tomorrow, Saturday, March 17. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.