Deacs Handle Virginia Tech, 15-2
March 17, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Steve LeFaivre hit two home runs, including his second grand slam of the season and Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech, 15-2 Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. Junior Tim Morley picked up his second win and extended his scoreless innings pitched streak to 17 with five shutout innings of work against the Hokies. The southpaw has not given up a run since the fourth inning of Wake Forest's 16-4 victory against Western Carolina on March 4. The Deacs are now 10-7 on the season while the Hokies fall to 8-5.
Wake Forest catcher J.B. Tucker put the Deacs ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second when he led the inning off with a home run to dead center field, his third of the season. Two batters later, LeFaivre extended his team's lead with a solo homer to right-center field, also his third of the season. This marked the first time in 2004 that Wake Forest has hit multiple home runs in one inning.
The Demon Deacons came right back with three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Designated hitter Nick Blue drew a leadoff walk and moved to second when Matt Antonelli reached on an error. A single down the right field line by the ACC's leading hitter, Ben Ingold, brought Blue around with the Deacs' third run of the game. Tucker followed with his second RBI of the game, a sacrifice fly to center which scored Antonelli. Ingold advanced to third on a single to right field by first baseman Ryder Mathias and came around to put Wake Forest ahead 5-0 when Virginia Tech right fielder Sean O' Brien committed his first error of the season.
Leading 8-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Wake Forest put six more runs on the board. Left fielder Casey Sterk led off with his second hit of the game, a single to right-center field. After a walk to Blue, Antonelli drove in Sterk with an RBI single through the left side of the infield. After pinch hitter Doug Riepe blooped an RBI single into center field, LeFaivre stepped up with the bases loaded and lined a grand-slam home run down the right field line, giving his team a 14-0 lead.
Virginia Tech got on the board with two runs in the top of the eighth. After a leadoff walk followed by a single, Wake Forest reliever Sean Souders recorded the next two outs but then allowed an RBI single to Warren Schaeffer and RBI double by Wyatt Toregas which gave the Hokies their first runs of the afternoon.
The Demon Deacons open up ACC play this weekend when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 3 pm while Saturday and Sunday's games start at 1:30 pm.