Deacons Drop Opener to Jackets 5-1
March 29, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
ATLANTA - Kevin Jordan put Wake Forest on top with a solo home run to lead off the third inning, but No. 16 Georgia Tech scored five unanswered runs to defeat the Demon Deacons 5-1 on Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets improve to 20-5 on the season and 7-3 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons drop to 15-13 overall and 3-7 in conference action.
Buck Farmer remained undefeated on the season and moved to 6-0 after pitching 7.0 innings. Farmer surrendered a season-high four walks to the Demon Deacons, but he struck out six and allowed just five hits.
Matt Pirro started and was extremely solid through five innings but suffered the loss to move to 3-4. Pirro retired the Yellow Jackets in order in the second and fourth innings and faced the minimum in the fifth after Brett Armour erased Kyle Wren from the base paths when Wren attempted to steal second base.
Jordan led off the third inning and got ahead in the count 3-1 before lacing a ball over the right center field wall for his first home run of the season and his second of the year. The home run came in his first at bat in Atlanta since receiving a kidney from head coach Tom Walter in the same city just over two years ago.
Georgia Tech took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning when it scored four runs on five hits and two walks. Daniel Palka added a solo homer in the seventh to make the game 5-1.
Wake Forest had chances to push more runs across the plate late in the game, but the Demon Deacons stranded two in the sixth, three in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Wake Forest and Georgia Tech will play a doubleheader tomorrow to wrap up the series due to expected inclement weather on Sunday. Game 1 of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m., while Game 2 will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.