Deacs and Jackets Split Doubleheader to Finish Series
March 30, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
ATLANTA - Wake Forest split a doubleheader with No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium, as the Demon Deacons won the series finale 8-6 after falling 8-1 in the first game of the day.
The Yellow Jackets take the series after winning on Friday night and end the weekend with a 21-6 overall record and 8-4 record in the ACC. The Demon Deacons are now 16-14 overall and 4-8 in the conference.
Austin Stadler tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts in the win and improved to 5-2 on the season. Cole Pitts took the loss and is now 4-2 Connor Kaden earned his third save of the season for the Demon Deacons. In Game 1, Dusty Isaacs set a new career-high with eight strikeouts and Justin Van Grouw took the loss to move to 3-4.
Wake Forest will return home on Tuesday to face local rival UNCG at 6 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Below is a complete recap for each game.
Game 1 Recap
Georgia Tech starter Dusty Isaacs pitched 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high eight batters to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 8-1 victory.
The only hit that Isaacs gave up on the afternoon was a bunt single by Evan Stephens in the top of the third inning. Stephens ended the game 2-for-3 and was the only Demon Deacon to record more than one hit.
Georgia Tech score three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed. The Yellow Jackets added one in the second, three in the fourth and one in the sixth to take an 8-0 advantage.
With one out and nobody on in the top of the ninth inning, Charlie Morgan spoiled the shutout bid by launching his first home run of the season and the eighth of his career over the right field wall. Kyle Wren and Daniel Palka each homered for Georgia Tech.
Aaron Fossas pitched one inning for Wake Forest and retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The win sealed the series victory for the Yellow Jackets.
Game 2 Recap
Austin Stadler tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts to lead Wake Forest to an 8-6 victory in the series finale against Georgia Tech.
The performance was the third time in his career that Stadler had struck out 11 guys, as he did so in 6.0 innings and gave up just one earned run. He also achieved the feat in back-to-back weeks in 2010 at North Carolina on May 8, 2010 and vs. Clemson on May 14, 2010.
As a staff, the Demon Deacon pitchers struck out 15 batters. Wake Forest last struck out 15 batters in a game at New Mexico State on February 17, 2012.
Connor Kaden earned his third save of the season by recording the final out of the game. After walking Matt Gonzalez and Mott Hyde on back-to-back full counts, Kaden struck out Daniel Spingola on another full count to finish the victory.
Mark Rhine only had one official at bat but laid down three sacrifice bunts. He was the first player to have more than one sacrifice bunt in a game since Charlie Morgan did so on April 10, 2011 against Virginia Tech. In addition, the Deacs had not had three sac bunts in a game since June 2, 2007 vs. Brown, and the last time an individual had three sac bunts was Carlos Brackley at Clemson on April 15, 2000.
Wake Forest scored two runs in the top of the second to take the first lead of the game. Kevin Jordan singled to begin the inning and stole second before Carey singled him home. Czajkowski was hit by a pitch and Rhine laid down his first sacrifice before Even Stephens grounded out to bring home Carey.
Blair walked and moved to third on a double by Morgan, and Matt Conway brought him home with a ground ball to put the Deacs up 3-0 in the third.
Stephens had another RBI ground out in the sixth to score Czajkowski, and Kevin Conway and Carey each picked up RBIs in the seventh to make the game6-0. Conway tripled recorded his first-career triple to score Blair.
Georgia Tech scored three times in the seventh, but Wake Forest answered with two much-needed runs in the ninth. Blair doubled and scored on an error after Grant Shambley laid down a sacrifice bunt. Shambley would later score on a passed ball.
The Yellow Jacket scored three times in the bottom of the ninth before Kaden came in the game to earn the save.