Wake Forest Takes Doubleheader, Sweeps Notre Dame
March 30, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Wake Forest baseball defeated Notre Dame in a doubleheader on Saturday as the Demon Deacons won the first game 10-2 and the second game 7-5 in ACC play.
With the two wins, Wake Forest (19-10, 8-4 ACC) swept Notre Dame (9-17, 1-11 ACC) after taking the first game Friday night. Each game was played at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Ind.
Wake Forest was led by its offense in the two games and strong pitching. The Demon Deacons compiled 31 hits and 17 runs in the two games on Sunday. Charlie Morgan had a combined six hits in the two games with five RBIs. Will Craig had a combined five RBIs in the two games while Matt Conway had five hits and two RBIs. Nate Mondou had three RBIs on the day. Evan Stephens had a combined five hits and five runs in the two games.
It is the first road sweep of an ACC opponent since Wake Forest swept Maryland in 2011.
Game 1 Recap:
Wake Forest scored three runs in the first two innings, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Demon Deacons piled on 17 hits and all but one starter recorded a hit in the game.
McLeod once again had a great start on the mound for Wake Forest as he went 7.0 innings giving up just five hits, one run, no earned runs, one walk and struck out three. It is the third time this season that McLeod has gone 7.0 innings which is his career high in innings pitched as he got his fourth win of the season.
Stephens went 3-for-6 and scored four runs. Morgan had a career day, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs which is a career high in runs batted in and ties his career high in hits. Conway had two hits and two RBIs while Conor Keniry had two hits. Craig also recorded two hits and had a career-high three RBIs. Nate Mondou registered two hits while Grant Shambley and Joey Rodriguez each had one hit.
After having the only RBI in the first game of the series on Friday night, Conway delivered in the first inning as he singled to left field to score Stephens putting the Deacs up 1-0.
With the bases loaded in the second inning, Morgan worked a good at-bat with two outs to line a single to left center field, scoring two runs. The Fighting Irish plated one run in the third inning on a single after a runner reached on an error.
Wake Forest broke the game open in the fourth inning as the Deacs scored four runs. Stephens and Shambley singled to start off the inning followed by Morgan and Conway who each singled to score the runs. Craig later doubled to deep left center field which scored two giving the Demon Deacons a 7-1 advantage.
Notre Dame starter Pat Connaughton lasted just 3.1 innings he gave up nine hits, seven runs and walked five.
Morgan singled in the fifth inning to score Stephens while Keniry and Craig had back-to-back doubles to open the sixth, making it a 9-1 advantage. Breazeale grounded out in the inning to score a run as the Demon Deacons extended the score to 10-1.
Nate Jones pitched two innings in relief of McLeod and gave up one run. Blaise Lezynski had three hits for the Irish.
Game 2 Recap:
Pirro got the win while pitching 2.1 innings in relief of start Connor Kaden. Fossas earned his sixth save of the season after pitching scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
Conway had three hits to lead Wake Forest who had 14 hits in the game. Stephens, Morgan, Carey and Keniry each had two hits while Shambley, Craig and Mondou each recorded one hit.
Craig had a sacrifice fly in the first inning to put the Deacons up 1-0. Wake Forest scored first in each game of the series with the initial run coming in the first inning of each contest. Notre Dame responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI-double from Blaise Lezynski to even the game at 1-1.
The Irish plated a run in the second inning to go up 2-1 but Craig had another sacrifice fly to even the game. Notre Dame then added two runs in the third to go up 4-2.
Wake Forest rallied in the fifth inning and scored four after an RBI-single from Keniry and a bases-clearing double from Mondou who blistered the ball down the left field line to put the Deacs up 6-4.
Notre Dame scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a one-run game but Wake Forest added a run in the seventh on an RBI-single from Morgan to make it a 7-5 game.
Fossas came on and closed the game for the save. Lezynski had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Irish in the second game while Michael Hearne took the loss on the mound.
Wake Forest and High Point will play a home-and-home series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at High Point University.