Carey's Walk-Off Single Lifts Deacs to 5-4 Win over UNCG
April 2, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jack Carey laced a bases-loaded, walk-off single into left field to score Evan Stephens and Conor Keniry, as the Demon Deacons defeated UNCG 5-4 on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 17-14 on the season. UNCG drops to 15-14 with the defeat. It was also the fifth straight victory in the series between the two schools for the Demon Deacons.
Trailing by a run with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Stephens singled and advanced to second on an errant throw by the UNCG second baseman. Keniry came up to bat next and was walked on four pitches by Ryan Clark, who then plunked Blair to load the bases. That set the stage for Carey's heroics, as Stephens scored easily from third and Keniry hustled to beat the relay throw to the plate.
Niko Spezial got credit for the win on the mound for the Deacs, moving to 1-0 on the season. The senior entered in the ninth inning and surrendered a leadoff double before retiring the next three batters he faced. Clark suffered the loss to move to 2-1.
Stephens led the way for Wake Forest with three hits on the night, and Andrew Williams and Keniry each recorded a pair of hits for the Deacs. Pat Blair and Kevin Conway had the extra-base hits for Wake Forest, with both launching doubles in the third inning.
Matt Conway started on the mound for Wake Forest and turned in a nice start, striking out five and giving up just two earned runs.
Lloyd Enzor got UNCG on the board first in the top of the second inning. Facing a 3-1 count, he blasted a three-run homer to right center that brought home TJ Spina and Zach Leach to make the score 3-0.
Kevin Conway struck back for the Deacs in the bottom of the third with a long double to right center. Conway's hit drove home both Blair and Keniry to pull Wake Forest within one run at 3-2.
Two batters later, Andrew Williams reached on an infield single. In an attempt to throw out Williams at first, UNCG's second baseman tried to make a tough throw but the first baseman was unable to corral the toss, allowing Kevin Conway to score on an error. That made the score 3-3 heading to the fourth.
The score remained knotted up until the top of the seventh inning. With Christian on third base and just one out for the Spartans, Trevor Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to center to give UNCG a 4-3 advantage.
Stephens singled to begin the seventh and Grant Shambley walked to begin the eighth, but both men were left on base before the one-out rally in the ninth.
Wake Forest will return to action for a home series against Virginia beginning on Saturday, Apr. 6, at 4:00 p.m. Live stats and a live feed of the game will be available here on WakeForestSports.com. Game 2 of the series will be on Sunday at 1 p.m., and Game 3 will be on Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.