Wake Forest Cruises to 15-7 Win over Charlotte
March 31, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Wake Forest offense exploded for 13 runs in the first six innings, while freshman Michael Dimock turned in a fantastic outing on the mound as the Deacs cruised to a 15-7 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Hayes Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improve to 14-11 on the season, while Charlotte drops to 14-10 on the year.
After scoring 12 runs in the series finale at Duke on Sunday, the Wake Forest offense picked up where it left off against the Blue Devils. The Deacs were set down in order in the first, but scored at least one run in the next five innings, including three runs in the third and five runs in the fourth. Wake Forest pounded out 18 hits in the game.
Each player in the Wake Forest starting nine had at least one hit in the game and eight players had multiple hits. Tyler Smith and Evan Ochelthree led the team with three hits. Smith drove in two runs, while Ocheltree scored three runs. Carlos Lopez hit his ninth home run of the season to move into a tie for seventh with Johnny Koons on the freshman single-season home run list. Lopez had two hits in the game and scored twice.
Michael Dimock picked up the win to improve his record to 2-2 on the season. Dimock threw a career-high seven innings and allowed three runs on four hits, while striking out four batters.
Shane Brown had two hits and two RBIs to lead the 49er offensive attack, while Cory Tilton drove in three runs.
Wake Forest struck first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Woodall hit a one-out single up the middle. Smith followed with a double to the warning track in right-center field to score Woodall to give the Deacs a 1-0 lead. Smith was picked off for the second out of the inning. After just missing a home run on a foul ball down the left field line earlier in the at bat, Lopez launched a pitch over the fence in left field for his ninth homer of the year to put Wake on top 2-0.
The Demon Deacons plated three more runs in the top of the third. Austin Stadler reached on a fielding error by the second baseman to lead off the inning. After Brooks lined out to the shortstop for the first out of the inning, Kroker hit a groundball to Grant Bomann at short. Bomann threw wildly to second base, allowing Kroker to reach and sending Stadler to third. A walk to Dustin Hood loaded the bases with one out. Murray narrowly missed a grand slam, sending a sacrifice fly to the wall in center field, allowing Stadler to trot home for the third Wake Forest run of the game. Woodall doubled down the left field line to score Kroker and Hood to put Wake Forest up 5-0.
Wake Forest tallied five more runs in the top of the fourth. Lopez and Ocheltree started the inning with back-to-back singles. After Stadler was retired for the first out of the inning, Brooks singled to load the bases with one out. Kroker reached on an infield single between second and third to score Lopez for the sixth run of the game. Hood followed with a single to center to plate Ocheltree and Brooks to make the score 8-0. Murray singled to load the bases and Woodall was hit by a pitch to score Kroker for the ninth Wake Forest run. Smith reached on an infield single to bring Hood home to make the score 10-0.
Charlotte scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Justin Wilson walked on four pitches to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single up the middle by Aaron Bray. Ryan Rivers grounded into a fielder's choice to third to score Wilson and make the score 10-1.
Wake Forest answered with two runs of its own in the top of the fifth. Stadler opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one-out single by Kroker through the right side of the infield.
The 49ers scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Alan Parks led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout to the first baseman. A groundout to third by Corey Shaylor sent Parks to third. Shane Brown reached on an infield single to score Parks to make the score 12-2.
Wake Forest tallied a run for the fifth straight inning in the top of the sixth. Ocheltree led off the inning with a double to the left-center field gap and moved to third on a groundout to the pitcher by Stadler. Brooks looped a single over the drawn in infield to right-center field to score Ocheltree to stretch Wake's lead to 13-2.
The 49ers added a run in the bottom of the seventh. Parks led off the inning with a double to the right-center field gap and promptly stole third base. Mike Perkins grounded out to first to score Parks for Charlotte's third run of the game.
Wake Forest added two runs in the top of the eighth. Smith singled to right field to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Smith advanced to third on a groundout to third by Lopez. Ocheltree reached on a infield single to put runners at first and third with one out. Stadler singled to left-center field to score Smith. The Charlotte third baseman tried to throw Stadler out at second, but his throw went into the right field, allowing Ocheltree to score the 15th run of the game for Wake Forest.
Charlotte scored four runs in the ninth inning, capped off by Cory Tilton's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Patrick Lawson suffered the loss for the 49ers, falling to 2-2 on the season. Lawson allowed five runs, two of them earned, on four hits in three innings pitched.
Wake Forest returns to action on Wednesday, April 1, when it plays host to UNC Greensboro at 6 p.m. Senior Brad Kledzik (1-4, 6.07) will take the mound for the Demon Deacons, while UNCG has yet to announce a starter.