Deacs Win Wild One over Maryland 8-7
March 23, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest scored eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to erase a two-run deficit and hung on the for the win, defeating Maryland 8-7 on Saturday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The Demon Deacons move to 13-12 on the year and 2-6 in the ACC and will try to earn their first ACC series win of the season tomorrow. The Terrapins are now 14-8, 3-5 ACC.
Down 2-0 heading into the top of the eighth inning, Wake Forest answered with eight runs on nine hits, including four doubles, to take an 8-2 lead. Grant Shambley began the inning in a pinch-hiting role and laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit. Matt Conway followed with a single to center field, and the Deacons had two runners aboard. Jack Carey then laid down a perfect sacrifice to put both runners in scoring position.
Two batters later with two outs, Evan Stephens doubled down the left field line to put Wake Forest up for the first time in the series at 4-2. Mark Rhine was hit by a pitch to put two on again before Pat Blair doubled down the left field line to score two more and give Wake Forest a 6-2 advantage. Shambley recorded his second hit of the inning with an RBI double, and Conway drove home the eighth run of the inning with a single into left field.
Williams led Wake Forest on the day with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run, an RBI and a walk. Conway and Shambley both recorded two hits on the day as well.
Justin Van Grouw evened his season record at 3-3 on the year by pitching a career-high 8.0 innings. He previously had pitchd 7.0 innings against UMBC in 2012. Van Grouw struck out four batters, gave up nine hits and allowed just two earned runs without walking a batter the entire game. Connor Kaden recorded the final out of the game to pick up his first-career save. Maryland's Jared Price took the loss to go to 0-1.
Down 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Maryland answered with two runs, only one of which was earned, to make the score 8-4. Wake Forest then went quietly in the top of the ninth before the Terrapins made things interesting.
Maryland recorded four hits and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the game 8-7, but Kaden got Blake Schmit to ground out to Rhine at third base to end the game and preserve the win.
Wake Forest and Maryland will play the final game of the series tomorrow at 12 p.m. The game has been pushed up one hour due to impending inclement weather in the area later in the afternoon.