No. 6 Seminoles Outlast Deacs 5-4 in 11 Innings
March 24, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - More than 22 hours after the first pitch, No. 6 Florida State scored one run in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Wake Forest 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The game, which was halted at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning last night due to inclement weather, was the first extra inning game of the season for the Demon Deacons. The loss drops Wake Forest to 16-8 overall and 3-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State improves to 20-2 and stays unbeaten at 7-0 in conference play.
Wake Forest had opportunities late in the game to go on top, but the Deacs stranded the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings and left two men aboard in the 10th.
With two outs and a runner on second in the top of the 11th, FSU's Seth Miller hit a line drive to left center off of Michael Dimock that brought home the go-ahead run. Dimock is now 0-2 on the year, while Robert Benincasa improves to 1-0.
Mac Williamson went 2-for-5 and hit a pair of solo home runs on Friday night to lead the offense, while Evan Stephens collected a pair of hits by going 2-for-4. The multiple home run game for Williamson was the sixth of his career and his first since May 20 of last season at Maryland.
Jack Fischer was excellent in relief, tying a career-high with 4.0 innings pitched and setting a new career-high with four strikeouts. Fischer walked the first batter he faced after entering in the sixth before proceeding to retire the next 12 Seminoles who stepped to the plate. He also did not allow a hit while walking three batters.
Williamson got the offense started for Wake Forest in the bottom of the fourth inning with a bomb to right center field off the video board, his sixth of the season, to give the Deacons a 1-0 advantage.
Florida State took its first lead of the game with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Deacs answered with one in the bottom of the inning to tie the game a 2-2. Wake Forest scored when Conor Keniry singled up the middle to drive home Stephens.
The Seminoles went back up in the sixth on a two-run homer by James Ramsey, but the Demon Deacons proved resilient once again by knotting the game at 4-4 right away. Williamson hit his second homer of the game to lead off the inning, and Carlos Lopez scored from third on a ground ball by Mark Rhine to tie the game a few batters later.
Neither team scored in innings seven through 10 before Florida State took the lead in the top of the 11th.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 6:30 tonight at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.