Wake Forest Takes Down No. 6 Florida State, 7-5, in Series Finale
March 25, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Carlos Lopez and Mac Williamson each blasted a home run, and Brian Holmes struck out eight batters over five innings, as Wake Forest handed No. 6 Florida State its first conference loss by a score of 7-5 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Holmes earned the win to move to 5-0 on the season, while senior closer Michael Dimock notched his seventh save of the season.
Wake Forest improves to 17-9 on the year and 4-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State drops to 21-3 overall and 8-1 in the ACC.
Pat Blair, Mark Rhine and Lopez each picked up two hits on the afternoon, while Wake Forest totaled nine overall. It marked the second straight multi-hit game for Blair, as the junior shortstop also notched two hits in yesterday's game against the Seminoles.
Jack Carey and Williamson each notched two RBIs against Florida State.
Holmes turned in an impressive outing on the mound for Wake Forest, allowing just one run and two hits over five innings of work. The junior's eight strikeouts on the day are just two off his career-best of 10.
Holmes retired three consecutive batters in the second inning, throwing just ten pitches and recording two strikeouts in the process. Lopez then put the Deacs on the board in the bottom of the inning when he launched a lead-off solo home run over the right field wall.
The home run was Lopez's second of the series, eighth of the season and 38th of his career.
With the bases loaded in the third inning, Holmes came up with a huge strikeout against the Seminoles' Justin Gonzalez to end the inning, marking the second time in the first three innings that Holmes struck out Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end an inning.
The Deacs added to their run total in the third inning as Blair lined a one-out single into left field before Williamson blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall to give the Deacs a 3-0 advantage.
The home run was Williamson's third of this series against the Seminoles and eighth of the season, which is tied for the team lead along with Lopez.
Holmes did not allow the first hit of the game until the fourth inning when Jose Brizuela singled through the right side. Holmes then came up with another key strikeout to end the inning, as he retired John Holland with runners on first and second.
After being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, Evan Stephens stole second base before Blair lined one down the right field line for an RBI.
The stolen base was Stephens' fourth of the season, while Blair recorded his ninth multi-hit game of the season and second of the series.
In the fifth inning, James Ramsey put the Seminoles on the scoreboard with a solo home run over the right field wall.
The Deacs responded in the bottom of the fifth when Charlie Morgan and Rhine were aboard with one out. A passed ball allowed Morgan and Rhine to each move up a base, and two batters later Carey delivered with a two-RBI single up the middle.
In the bottom of the sixth, Pat Blair drew a one-out walk before stealing both second and third bases to put his season total to nine stolen bases. A throwing error down to third base by Seminoles catcher Stephen McGee allowed Blair to come home and score the Deacs' seventh run of the game.
Florida State would pick up two runs in the top of the seventh and one more in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Dimock would preserve the win for the Deacs over the final 1.2 innings of play.
Wake Forest returns to action Tuesday evening when they travel to High Point for a 6 p.m. contest. The Deacs then hit the road again next weekend when they face ACC foe North Carolina in a three-game series at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The first game of the series will be Friday night at 6 p.m.