Cooney's 11 K's Help Wake Forest Shut Out Florida State 8-0

March 26, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tim Cooney completely shut down the Florida State offense with 11 strikeouts and just one walk to help Wake Forest defeat the Seminoles 8-0 Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

The series is now tied at a game apiece, as Wake Forest improves to 8-14 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. Florida State falls to 17-6, 5-3 ACC.

The win was Wake Forest's first over Florida State since a 4-2 win at home on March 29, 2008. In addition, the last time that the Deacs shut out the Seminoles was May 21, 1999 in the ACC Tournament, while Wake Forest had not shut out FSU in Tallahassee since April 1, 1967.

In what has been a season of impressive performances, Cooney may have had his best performance to date against Florida State. He held the Seminoles scoreless through 7.2 innings and gave up just five hits to earn the win and improve to 3-1. His season ERA now sits at 1.50 through 42 innings.

Eight of Cooney's 11 strikeouts came against the first four batters in the Seminole lineup, including three strikeouts apiece to Rafael Lopez and Mike McGee. Dimock also struck out McGee in the ninth, as the Deacs struck him out all four times he stepped to the plate.

FSU's starter Scott Sitz went just 1.2 innings and gave up five earned runs to fall to 2-1.

Michael Dimock relieved Cooney with two outs in the eighth inning to finish the game and preserve the shutout.

Steven Brooks and Pat Blair did an excellent job at the plate in the first and second spots of the order. Brooks went 2-for-5 with a walk and scored three runs, and Blair was 3-for-4 with two walks and also scored three runs.

Conor Keniry also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5, while Carlos Lopez had one hit and drove in two runs.

The Demon Deacons were able to jump on the Seminoles early when Williamson ripped the first pitch he saw for a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left field to bring home Brooks and Blair. Brooks reached base with a bloop single to center field to start the game and Blair followed him with a bunt single down the third base line to put two runners on base.

Wake then went up 5-0 in the top of the second with two more runs. With one out in the inning, Brooks and Blair reached again with a walk and a base hit, respectively. Williamson then drew a walk to load the bases for Matt Conway who hit a deep fly ball to center that scored Brooks and moved Blair to third.

Carlos Lopez then followed Conway with a line drive single to left field that scored Blair and gave Wake its five-run advantage.

Brooks again led off the Deacon scoring inning in the sixth with an infield single to second after a check swing. Blair then doubled off the fence in right center field to put runners on second and third. The Deacs loaded the based when Williamson drew a walk on a full count.

After Conway was retired, Lopez delivered a sacrifice fly of his own to bring home Brooks and make the score 6-0. Charlie Morgan then pinch hit and took a pitch right back up the middle to score Blair on the single and give Wake a 7-0 lead.

Wake Forest scored its final run in the top of the ninth inning. Zane Yanzick led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. A single by Conor Keniry put runners on the corners, and a wild pitch allowed Yanzick to make the easy trot home.

The Demon Deacons and the Seminoles will play the decisive third game tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium.



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