Deacs Even Series with 13-4 Win over Wolfpack
March 16, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jack Carey ignited the offense with a grand slam in the first while Justin Van Grouw and Nate Jones combined to give up just four hits, as Wake Forest evened the series with NC State by defeating the Wolfpack 13-4 on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons earn their first ACC win of the season and improve to 12-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Wolpack falls to 15-5, 2-2 ACC.
Van Grouw (2-3) earned the win by pitching 6.0 innings and allowing just two earned runs. The outing tied his longest of the season, as he struck out three batters. Jones picked up his second save of the year by pitching a perfect 3.0 innings. He needed just 35 pitches to finish the game and only allowed two balls to leave the infield. NC State started Brad Stone lasted just 1.0+ inning and gave up seven runs to fall to 1-1.
Carey's bomb in the first inning was his first-career grand slam and his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Wake Forest ended the day with three home runs, as Kevin Conway and Andrew Williams each blasted their first home runs in a Demon Deacon uniform.
Mark Rhine and Matt Conway each had successful days at the plate as well with three hits apiece. Rhine was 3-for-6 with two RBIs, while Matt Conway was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Williams and Grant Shambley also recorded multi-hit days with two hits each.
The first inning set the tone for the game when the Demon Deacons jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Evan Stephens singled, Pat Blair reached on an error and Matt Conway walked before Carey blasted the ball over the left center field wall. Just two batters later, Kevin Conway hit a no-doubter over the left field wall.
NC State sent seven men to the plate and scored two unearned runs in the top of the second, but Wake Forest extended the lead right back to five with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Shambley led the second off with an infield single and moved to second when Stephens walked. Shambley then stole third to put runners on the corners, and Rhine brought him home with a single to left. Stephens scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
The Wolfpack manufactured a run in the third after a leadoff double by Brett Austin before the Deacs were able to take a 10-3 lead through five innings. Shambley again led off an inning with an infield single in the fourth and would come around to score on a Rhine single, and Rhine would eventually score on a Matt Conway double to left center.
Stephens grounded out with the bases loaded to score Kevin Conway in the fifth, and Conway returned the favor with a bases-loaded ground out in the sixth to plate Blair. Matt Conway provided another RBI base hit in the seventh inning to score Joey Rodriguez, and Williams finished the scoring with a solo shot over the right field wall in the eighth.
On the day, the Demon Deacons recorded 14 hits, drew six walks and were hit by three pitches.
Wake Forest and NC State will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.