Florida State Defeats Wake Forest, 12-4, in Series Opener

March 25, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE - Florida State took the first game of the series from Wake Forest, 12-4, Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium.

The win lifts Florida State's record to 17-5 overall and 5-2 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons are now 7-14 and 2-5 in conference play.

Pat Blair scored two of Wake Forest's four runs, going 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and a walk. Steven Brooks and Brett Armour each scored a run apiece, as well, while Matt Conway, Carlos Lopez and Mark Rhine all had a hit at the plate.

Lopez was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs on the day.

The Seminoles benefitted from two big innings and took a commanding 12-0 lead before the Deacs could push any runs across the plate. FSU scored five in the first, six in the fourth and one in the fifth but was held scoreless through the next three innings.

Niko Spezial and Eli Robins combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Spezial went 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two, while Robins pitched one inning and had a strikeout.

The Demon Deacons got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Blair began the inning with a double to right field and moved to third base when Mac Williamson dribbled a ball in front of the plate that the catcher failed to control. Two batters later, Lopez hit a long fly to right center that sacrificed Blair in from third.

Wake Forest then scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning without recording a base hit.

Armour led off the seventh with a walk and moved to third two batters later on a ground out by Rhine. With two outs, Brooks kept the inning alive with a walk, and each runner advanced on a wild pitch, allowing Armour to come home.

Blair walked next, and on ball four, Brooks advanced to third on another wild pitch to put runner on the corners. A throwing error by the third baseman on a grounder by Williamson prolonged the inning and brought home Brooks.

After Conway walked to load the bases again, Lopez then drew a walk for his second RBI of the game to plate Blair.

Austin Stadler (0-5) started the game and took the loss for Wake Forest, and Sean Gilmartin remained perfect on the season as he moved to 5-0 with the win.

Wake Forest will try to even the series tomorrow when the two teams face off again at 6 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.



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