Deacons Shut Out High Point, 2-0
March 27, 2012
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Wake Forest recorded its third shutout of the season by defeating High Point 2-0 on Tuesday evening at Williard Stadium.
Matt Pirro earned his first win as a starter for the Demon Deacons, going a career-best five innings and striking out a batter. He allowed just two hits and two walks to move to 2-1 on the year.
Zach White, Nate Jones, Jack Fischer, John McLeod and Michael Dimock provided the rest of the pitching for the Deacs to help preserve the shutout. Dimock pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his eighth save of the season and the 15th of his career.
Wake Forest is now 18-9 on the year, while High Point drops to 16-11. The Deacs' other shutouts came against Cincinnati (7-0) on February 25 and Valparaiso on March 7.
High Point also used a plethora of pitchers, sending nine hurlers to the mound. Starter Jared Avidon suffered the loss after giving up two runsn in 2.1 innings to fall to 1-2 on the year.
Wake Forest pounded out eight hits in the contest, while the Panthers recorded just six. Pat Blair led the way by going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Mark Rhine also had a hit and a run scored. Carlos Lopez and Charlie Morgan provided the RBIs, both of which came via bases loaded walks in the third inning.
Blair got the rally started in the third with a one-out single to left, and Rhine followed with a single to left of his own. Mac Williamson loaded the bases by drawing a walk and started a chain of three straight walks to bring home two runs, as Lopez and Morgan followed with RBI walks.
That was all the scoring Wake Forest needed, as the pitching staff kept the Panthers off the board. The Deacs did so in some tough situations, as well, as the Panthers had at least one runner in scoring position in seven of the nine innings. The only times HPU did not have a man in scoring position came in the first and third innings when Pirro retired the side in order.
Wake Forest will be back in action this weekend when it travels to North Carolina for a three-game series. The Demon Deacons are currently 4-5 in the ACC, while the Tar Heels are 7-2.