Demon Deacons Fall At Davidson, 11-9
March 23, 2004
DAVIDSON, N.C.-- Wake Forest dropped an 11-9 decision to Davidson on a chilly Tuesday evening at Wildcat Park. The Deacons outhit their opponent 14-12 but left seven runners on base and fell to 11-10 overall while the Wildcats improve to 8-11. Wake Forest was led offensively by Matt Antonelli and Doug Riepe who combined to go 7-for-8 with six runs batted in.
The Deacs opened up the scoring with two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Antonelli led off with an infield single, stole second and advanced to third when Davidson catcher Alex Entrekin's throw went into center field. Antonelli would score two batters later on an RBI double into the right-center field gap by second baseman Brad Scioletti. Wake Forest extended its lead when catcher Ryder Mathias ripped a two-out single through the left side of the infield, bringing Scioletti around from second.
Riepe's third home run of the season leading off the top of the second extended the Demon Deacon lead to 3-0. The home run was crushed to straight away center field and marked Riepe's second in as many games.
The Wildcats tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the second. Josh Ellis struggled with his control to the first two batters, walking Michael Muniz on four pitches and hitting Entrekin in the back with a pitch. Jay Heafner followed with an RBI single past a diving Antonelli at third which scored Muniz. Entrekin scored two batters later on a fielder's choice by Taylor Shoop, and Ronnie Shore pushed a bunt single past Ellis on the mound which brought Heafner home with the tying run.
Wake Forest wasted no time getting those runs back in the top of the third inning. Scioletti led off with a single through the left side and moved to third on a ground rule by Steve LeFaivre. Davidson pitcher Rob Wilson retired the next two batters, but Riepe brought both runners home on a check-swing single into right field, giving the Deacs a two-run lead.
A bloop single off the bat of Andrew Musashe followed by a walk to Eli Benefield gave the Wildcats two runners on base to start the bottom of the fifth inning. Musashe stole third and came home when Benefield stole second and Mathias airmailed the throw into center field a few pitches later. Benefield would plate the tying run on an RBI groundout by Entrekin. Then with runners on the corners, Gregory Zage ripped a two-run double into the right center field gap, giving Davidson a 7-5 advantage.
Trailing 9-6 in the top of the eighth inning, the Deacons scored twice to inch closer. Riepe led off with his fourth hit of the game, a single through the right side of the infield. Right fielder Brian Shust then reached on a fielder's choice and Casey Sterk'second single of the game gave Wake Forest two runners on base with just one out. After advancing on a wild pitch, Shust and Sterk scored and pulled the Deacs within a run when Antonelli lined a double into the gap, giving him three hits and three RBIs on the game.
But a two-out, two-run home run by Jay Heafner off Deacon reliever Daniel Davidson in the bottom of the eighth gave the Wildcats some insurance runs to work with as Heafner came in to pick up his fifth save of the season in the top of the ninth.
The Demon Deacons will host UNC-Greensboro Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm at Hooks Stadium.