Deacs Rally for 6-5 Win Over High Point
March 18, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Steven Brooks' game-winning two-out, two-run double capped off a four-run bottom of the sixth inning as Wake Forest rallied for a 6-5 win over High Point on Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest moves back over .500 with the win, improving to 9-8 on the season, while High Point drops to 5-10 on the year.
Brooks led the way at the plate for the Demon Deacons, finishing the game with two hits, including the game-winning two-RBI double. Austin Stadler went 1-for-4 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored. Shane Kroker also drove in a run and had a hit in three at bats. Each player in the Wake Forest starting nine had at least one hit in the game.
Ryan McGrath picked up his second win of the season. McGrath allowed a run on no hits and a walk in an inning of work. Zach Scott picked up the loss for High Point, giving up two unearned runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. Brandon Johnson picked up his first save of the season, throwing 1 2/3 innings of hitless baseball.
Garrett Bullock started the game for Wake Forest and pitched well, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Bullock walked one and fanned three High Point batters.
High Point struck early, scoring two runs in the first inning. Spencer Andrews opened the game with a single to center field and moved to second after Sal Pezzino walked. Jeff Cowan reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Bill Manion scored Andrews on an infield single to second. Kyle Mahoney grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to put runners at second and third with two outs. Cowan scored the second run on a wild pitch.
Wake Forest got on the board with a run in the bottom of the second. Carlos Lopez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a walk to Weldon Woodall. A sacrifice bunt by Kroker moved the runners to second and third. Stadler hit a swinging bunt in front of the plate and Mike Caldwell, the High Point pitcher, made a diving throw to home to retire Lopez for the second out of the inning. A balk by Caldwell scored Woodall to cut High Point's lead to 2-1.
The Panthers added on to their lead in the top of the fourth. Mahoney was hit by a pitch with one out. A passed ball moved Mahoney to second with two outs. A single up the middle by Max Fulginiti scored Mahoney to give High Point a 3-1 lead.
Wake Forest answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lopez opened the inning with a triple to the right-center field alley. After a groundout by Woodall, Lopez scored on a single by Kroker through the left side to cut High Point's lead to 3-2.
The Panthers scored a run in the top of the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Murray White IV led off the inning with a walk and stole second. A groundout to second by Fulginiti moved White IV to third. He scored on a wild pitch to give High Point a 4-2 edge.
The Demon Deacons took their first lead of the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mike Murray led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one-out single by Woodall. Kroker reached on a fielding error by the shortstop to load the bases with one out. Stadler singled to left field to score Murray and bring Wake Forest within a run at 4-3. Woodall scored to tie the game on a passed ball. After Ian Tomkins popped out to second for the second out of the inning, Brooks cleared the bases with a two-run double to left-center field to give Wake Forest a 6-4 lead.
High Point cut Wake Forest's lead to one with a single run in the top of the eighth. Mahoney singled and White IV and Fulginiti drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly by Billy Alvino to center field scored Mahoney to make the score 6-5. Johnson got pinch hitter Rob Gilles to strike out to end the inning and keep Wake Forest up by a run.
Johnson retired High Point in order in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season and give the Deacs their ninth win.
Wake Forest resumes Atlantic Coast Conference play on Friday, March 20, when it plays host to the NC State Wolfpack. Game times for the weekend are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.