Wake Forest Downs Appalachian State 6-2

March 29, 2011

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HICKORY, N.C. - Brian Holmes struck out seven batters and Carlos Lopez reached base four times to help Wake Forest defeat Appalachian State 6-2 Tuesday evening at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Demon Deacons improve to 9-15 on the year, while the Mountaineers dip below .500 at 12-13.

Holmes started and earned his first victory in a Deacon uniform, moving to 1-1 on the year. Along with his seven strikeouts, Holmes went five innings, scattered three hits and walked just two batters. Lawrence Pardo started and took the loss for ASU to fall to 1-3.

Justin Van Grouw and Michael Dimock both pitched scoreless innings of relief to aid the strong pitching effort by the Wake Forest staff.

Lopez was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, while drawing two walks and scoring a run, as well.

Although he did not record a hit, Steven Brooks had a productive day at the plate with two walks and two runs driven. One RBI came on a sacrifice fly, and the other came on a bases loaded walk.

Matt Conway, Mac Williamson, Stephen Schoettmer and Jack Fischer also recorded a hit apiece for the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest batted around in the bottom of the second and scored three runs before leaving the bases loaded. Lopez was the first Deacon to reach base when he walked with one out, and he reached second when Jack Carey grounded out to third base.

The Deacs scored their first run when Schoettmer lined his first-career hit into right center field for a double, bringing Lopez around to score. Fischer then picked up an infield single and stole second base to put runners on second and third.

Pat Blair, Mark Rhine and Brooks then strung three straight walks together, as Rhine and Brooks both picked up RBIs with bases loaded walks, making the score 3-0 after two innings.

Wake Forest then went up 4-0 in the next inning when Williamson led off the third with a blast over the left center field wall on a fastball by Pardo, his fourth home run of the season.

The Demon Deacons put runs on the board for the third consecutive inning when they scored twice in the fourth. Rhine and Blair found themselves on first and third, respectively, after a walk and a fielding error by the third baseman. Brooks hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Blair from third to make the score 5-0.

Wake Forest then took a 6-0 lead when Conway doubled to left center field, scoring Rhine all the way home from first base.

Appalachian State scored its first run of the game in the top of the seventh after a leadoff double by Zack Briggs. He moved to third on a ground ball and came home on a sacrifice fly to right field by Hector Crespo.

The Mountaineers threatened again in the top of ninth when they scored a run and brought the potential tying run to the plate with the bases loaded. John McLeod worked himself out of the jam, though, and struck out back-to-back batters to end the game and preserve the win.

The Demon Deacons will play again this weekend when they travel to play NC State in a three-game series. Both teams enter the weekend with 3-6 records in ACC play.



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