Conway's Career Day Helps Deacs Down Catamounts 3-1
March 26, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Led by Matt Conway's 7.0 innings and six strikeouts, the Wake Forest pitching staff allowed just four hits and walked one better to help the Demon Deacons take down Western Carolina 3-1 on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Wake Forest has now won three straight games and improves to 15-12 on the season after splitting the season series with the Catamounts. Western Carolina drops to 13-12.
Conway picked up his first win of the season to go to 1-0 while pitching a gem on the mound. The outing was the longest of his career, and the six strikeouts were also a career-high. Through seven innings, he allowed just two hits, one run and one walk.
Conway was perfect through three innings and maintained a no-hitter through four innings. His only blemish was a solo home run to Tyler White to begin the fifth, but Conway regrouped to retire seven straight batters and nine of the last 10 he faced for the game.
Niko Spezial then came on to pitch a scoreless eighth and struck out one batter before Jack Fischer earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. The save was Fischer's first of the season and second of his career.
Offensively, the Demon Deacons did not need much but still pounded out eight hits. Andrew Williams was the only Deac to record more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.
Wake Forest was able to jump on top early with two runs in the bottom of the second and never trailed in the game. Jack Carey led the inning off with a walk and came around to score two batters later when Williams doubled to right field. Then with two outs, Brett Armour delivered an RBI single through the left side to put the Deacs up for good.
White's home run made the game 2-1 in the fifth, but the Demon Deacons were able to notch an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Evan Stephens beat out an infield single and moved to second on a balk. Pat Blair then walked two batters later, and in a pinch-hit situation, Charlie Morgan hit a sharp grounder into left field to bring Stephens home and make the score 3-1.
Wake Forest will be right back on the road this weekend when it heads to Georgia Tech for a three-game series in Atlanta.