Wake Forest Suffers 3-2 Loss to No. 6 Florida State
March 24, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Carlos Lopez and Charlie Morgan launched back-to-back home runs for the Deacs in the second inning, but it was not quite enough as Wake Forest dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 6 Florida State on Saturday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the loss, the Deacs drop to 16-9 (3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the year, while FSU improves to 21-2 (8-0 ACC).
Nine Demon Deacons recorded hits on the evening, led by Pat Blair with two hits. Blair has now accumulated eight multi-hit games on the season and 36 in his career.
A pair of back-to-back homers in the second inning by Lopez and Morgan put the Deacs in front 2-1. Lopez led off the inning with a shot over the left field wall on a 2-2 count for the Deacs' first run of the game, and Morgan followed with a bomb of his own over the right center field wall to give the Deacs the lead.
The home run was Morgan's second of the season and sixth of his career, while Lopez notched his seventh homer of the year and 37th of his career. With the homer, Lopez moves into a tie for ninth place on Wake Forest's all-time home run list.
Justin Van Grouw tied his career high by striking out six batters in 5.2 innings of work. The junior righty allowed three runs on five hits while walking four batters.
John McLeod entered the game in relief in the fifth inning, allowing just one hit and no runs over 2.1 innings of work. The sophomore southpaw also struck out two Seminoles on the evening, while the 2.1 innings pitched ties a career high for McLeod.
Sophomore Nate Jones came in to pitch the ninth inning for Wake Forest, allowing one hit and no runs while issuing just one walk.
The Demon Deacon defense turned in a solid performance on the evening, turning three double plays.
Evan Stephens made a terrific running catch into the right field wall in the second inning to prevent a likely double for Seminoles outfielder Seth Miller. Then in the seventh inning, McLeod picked off Sherman Johnson to end the inning and prevent any runs for the Seminoles.
The Deacs will conclude the series with the Seminoles tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.