Deacs Take Series with 7-4 Win over Maryland
March 24, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest exploded for seven runs in the top of the second inning, and that proved to be all the team would need, as the Demon Deacons defeated Maryland 7-4 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The win secured Wake Forest's first ACC series win of the season after taking Saturday's game as well. The Deacs are now 14-12 overall and 3-6 in ACC play, while the Terrapins are 14-9 overall and an identical 3-6 in conference.
Austin Stadler earned the win on the mound by pitching 6.0 innings of shutout baseball. He improved to 4-2 on the season by striking out four batters, walking just one and scattering four hits. Connor Kaden pitched the final 1.2 innings for his second save in as many days. Kaden came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and got out of the jam before sitting the Terps down in order in the ninth to preserve the win. Maryland starter Jake Stinnett took the loss to fall to 1-3 after lasting just 1.2 innings and giving up six runs.
The Deacs sent 12 men to the plate in the second and scored all seven of their runs on four hits, four walks and one hit batter.
Morgan led the inning off with a single through the right side and Conway followed with a walk. Two batters later, Kevin Jordan walked to load the bases with one out and Williams brought home the first runs of the game with a two-run single up the middle.
Armour was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and Evan Stephens reached on a fielder's choice to score Jordan, while Armour was retired at second.
A walk by Mark Rhine loaded the bases again, and Pat Blair walked to bring home Williams. Morgan then recorded his second single of the inning to bring home two more runs and Conway followed win an RBI single to finish the huge inning.
The seven runs were more than enough for Stadler, as he faced just four batters over the minimum through his six innings. His only real trouble came in the fourth when a single and a walk by Kyle Convissar and K.J. Hockaday put two guys on with no outs. After falling behind 3-0 to Kevin Martir, Stadler battled all the way back to get the strikeout and followed with a pair of ground balls to get out of the inning.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Tuesday at home at 6 p.m. to play its second game of the season against Western Carolina.