Wake Forest Drops 12-6 Contest to UNC Asheville
March 25, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - UNC Asheville scored four runs in the first inning and held off Wake Forest the rest of the way for a 12-6 defeat of the Demon Deacons Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
Wake drops to 11-10 overall with its fourth-straight loss. UNCA moves to 12-13 on the year.
The Deacons left 11 men on base, and walked 10 batters on the day. Wake was able to pull to within one run on two occasions but could never plate the tying run.
Tyler Smith led Wake Forest at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run and a pair of doubles. Allan Dykstra, Willy Fox and Andy Goff each registered two hits in the loss. Dykstra hit a solo home run in the third for his seventh of the season.
Deacon starter Mark Adzick (0-1) took the loss with three innings of work. The freshman lefty allowed six runs, four earned, on three hits. He struck out three and walked six.
Adzick fell victim to control problems in the first inning and was not able to recover. UNC Asheville plated four runs in the first, only two of which were earned. The Bulldogs benefited from two wild pitches, two hit batters, an error and a passed ball in the inning.
Wake Forest battled back with three runs in the second. Evan Ocheltree reached on a leadoff walk, and Goff followed with a single. Ian Tomkins then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the Bulldog second baseman dropped the throw to first, allowing Tomkins to reach and Ocheltree to score. Smith then laced a double to deep left center to plate Goff and Tomkins, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
UNCA got two of the runs back in the top of the third. Reed Kreiser and Brett Robinson were issued leadoff walks. Danny Baatz followed with a double to score both runners and push the visitors' lead to 6-3.
The Deacons responded with one run in their half of the inning. Dykstra led off with his seventh home run of the season, drilling an 0-1 pitch to right center.
The Bulldogs quickly got the run back in the fourth off reliever Alex Wiesner. Kevin Mattison reached on a leadoff walk, stole second and then took third on a balk. One out later, Elliott Arrington drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Wake pulled to within 7-6 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Smith led off with a double, and Ben Terry was then hit by a pitch. After a balk and a strikeout, Fox plated Smith with a groundout. Two more walks loaded the bases for Ocheltree, who responded with a single to score Terry.
After a scoreless fifth, UNC Asheville plated three runs on just one hit against Wiesner in the sixth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases on a hit by pitch and two walks. A third walk brought in the first run, and Robinson followed with a single to left to score the next two.
UNCA added two more insurance runs against closer Brad Kledzik in the top of the ninth. Baatz led off with a single and then scored two outs later on a single from Chris Freeman. After Freeman stole second, Mattison drove him in with a bloop single to left. Mattison was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Wiesner pitched three innings of relief and surrendered four runs on two hits. Wiesner struck out three and walked three.
Friday starter Ben Hunter pitched one inning of scoreless relief, not allowing a baserunner.
Ryan Bouton made his first career appearance on the mound. Listed as a utility player, Bouton pitched 2/3 innings and allowed one hit.
Kledzik allowed two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out two and walked none.
UNCA reliever Chris Brookey (1-0) earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief. The lefty allowed just two hits, struck out five and walked a pair.
Starter Taylor Wohlwend received a no-decision. The righthander went four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked four.
Arrington, Baatz and Robinson each drove in two to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
Wake Forest is back in action tomorrow when it travels to Charlotte for a 6 p.m. matchup with the 49ers. RHP Charlie Mellies (0-2, 4.81) will take the hill for the Deacons.